Health Shorts: Be alert for dehydration after illness

September 09, 2009

Often misnamed “stomach flu,” norovirus infection causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that lasts one or two days, then passes on its own, usually without treatment. The most serious complication is dehydration. Symptoms include sunken eyes, dry mouth and decreased urine output.

Highly contagious, norovirus illness is usually transmitted by eating food or water contaminated by fecal matter or by touching your hand to your mouth after touching a contaminated surface or object.

For more information regarding dehydration, please visit Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Health Information Library online.

[SOURCE: Mayo Clinic Staff, “Norovirus infection,” April 8, 2009]

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Last Updated September 10, 2009