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Highly contagious norovirus discovered in Croatian mussels

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Highly contagious norovirus discovered in Croatian mussels

There is currently great concern on the Adriatic coast after the… European Rapid Notification System for Food and Feed (RASFF) announced that noroviruses had been found in a product from Croatia. The contamination of food was noticed during controls at Italian markets. Like the Croatian news media dnvenik.hr writes, the contaminated product is clams, also called sea truffles (Tartufo di mare) or sea nuts.

Since the mussels must have picked up the virus through the seawater, there are fears in Croatia that other seafood and fish could also be infected. Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread through person-to-person contact, ingesting contaminated food and water, or touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes an infection of the gastrointestinal tract (acute gastroenteritis).

The symptoms are very pronounced and include vomiting and diarrhea, which are very severe and can lead to dehydration. In addition, abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, headaches and high fever occur. Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 48 hours of infection.

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