Thailand health officials are reporting a norovirus outbreak in Chanthaburi province, according to a Thai PBS report (computer translated).
According to the Head of the Clinical Emerging Disease Center Chulalongkorn Hospital, Asst. Prof. Dr. Opas Putcharoen said test results of 6 out of 8 people patients were Norovirus Genogroup II.
Earlier this week, reporters reported that their were a number of people on social media posting messages about the phenomenon of people in Chanthaburi province who had diarrhea, food poisoning and abdominal pain at the same time.
Reports are in residents and tourists. A specific location or food source has not been reported.
Officials recommend careful handwashing with soap and water.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that frequently spreads person-to-person and is often associated with food. Norovirus illness often has a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting and/or watery diarrhea with cramps. A low-grade fever, chills, and body aches sometimes occur.
Norovirus rarely causes severe complications. Dehydration is the most common complication, particularly among young children and the elderly.