1968年，美国诺瓦克镇一所小学发生急性胃肠炎暴发。1972年, Kapikian等科学家在此次暴发疫情的患者粪便中发现一种直径约27 nm的病毒颗粒, 将之命名为诺瓦克病毒(Norwalk virus)。此后，世界各地陆续从急性胃肠炎患者粪便中分离出多种形态与之相似但抗原性略异的病毒颗粒，统称为诺瓦克样病毒。在2002 年8月，第8届国际病毒命名委员会统一将诺瓦克样病毒改称为诺如病毒。
诺如病毒感染发病以轻症为主，最常见症状是腹泻和呕吐，其次为恶心、腹痛、头痛、发热、畏寒和 肌肉酸痛等，有研究发现成年人中腹泻更常见(72% vs 52%)，而儿童比成年人更容易出现呕吐。大多数病程通常较短，症状持续时间平均为 2~3 天，但高龄人群和伴有基础性疾病患者恢复较慢。尽管诺如病毒感染主要表现为自限性疾病，但少数病例仍会发展成重症，甚至死亡，通常发生于高龄老人和低龄儿童。
保持良好的手卫生是预防诺如病毒感染和控制传播最重要最有效的措施。应按照标准的 6 步洗手法正确洗手，采用肥皂和流动水至少洗20s。需要注意的是，消毒纸巾和免冲洗的手消毒液不能代替标准洗手程序。
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The most commoncause of diarrhea is inappropriate diet, infection with bacteria, viruses, orcold irritation of the intestine. Of course, there are no difficultinflammatory bowel diseases, tumors or gummy bowel diseases.
Noirovirusinfection has recently become more and more popular, which is related to theincreased awareness of infectious diarrhea. Some time ago, local pandemics havebeen found to be caused by unreasonable discharge of domestic sewage.
In 1968, anoutbreak of acute gastroenteritis occurred in a primary school in Nowak Town,USA. In 1972, Kapikian and other scientists discovered a virus particle about27 nm in diameter in the feces of patients with the outbreak, which was namedNorwalk virus. Since then, various viral particles with similar morphology butslightly different antigenicity have been isolated from the feces of patientswith acute gastroenteritis worldwide, collectively known as Norwalk-like virus.In August 2002, the 8th International Virus Nomenclature Committee changed thename of Norwalk-like virus to Norovirus.
Norovirusinfection is mainly mild, the most common symptoms are diarrhea and vomiting,followed by nausea, abdominal pain, headache, fever, chills and musclesoreness. Studies have found that diarrhea is more common in adults (72% vs52%) and children are more likely to vomit than adults. Most of the course ofdisease is usually short, the duration of symptoms is 2 to 3 days on average,but the elderly and patients with underlying diseases recover slowly. AlthoughNorovirus infection is mainly manifested as self-limiting disease, a few casesstill develop into severe or even death, usually occurring in the elderly andyoung children.
Norovirus hasobvious seasonality, which is often called "winter vomiting disease".According to the 2013 study, 52.7% of cases and 41.2% of outbreaks occur inwinter, 78.9% of cases and 71.0% of outbreaks occur in the cool season, thatis, the current season is not the season of high incidence of infection.
Norovirustransmission routes include human-to-human transmission, food and water transmission.Human-to-human transmission can occur through fecal-oral pathways (includingaerosols from vomiting intake) or indirect exposure to the environmentcontaminated by excreta. Food-borne transmission is carried out by eating foodcontaminated by Norovirus. Shellfish, seafood such as oysters and rawvegetables and fruits are common foods causing outbreaks. Water transmissioncan be caused by contamination of barreled water, municipal water supply, wellwater and other drinking water sources.
At present, thereare no specific antiviral drugs and vaccines against Norovirus. Non-drugpreventive measures are mainly used for its prevention and control, includingcase management, hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, food and watersafety management, risk assessment and health education. These measures areapplicable not only to the disposal of aggregation and outbreaks, but also tothe prevention and control of sporadic cases. As a public health infectiousdisease, we should actively cooperate with CDC for Disease Control andisolation treatment.
Maintaining goodhand hygiene is the most important and effective measure to prevent Norovirusinfection and control transmission. Hands should be washed correctly inaccordance with the standard six-step washing method, using soap and flowingwater for at least 20 seconds. It should be noted that disinfection papertowels and hand sanitizers without rinsing can not replace the standard handwashing procedures.