(KARE) There’s a new perspective on an illness that affects a whole lot of people, the nasty norovirus.
New evidence suggests that it can spread through the air.
Every year, highly contagious noroviruses, which cause severe gastrointestinal distress, sicken people on cruise ships, in nursing homes, schools and more.
Until now, the thought has been that while the germs may be airborne briefly, they quickly settle on surfaces.
Now a new study in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found that they may be airborne much longer.
The study tested the air in eight health care facilities where there were outbreaks. In six of them, norovirus particles were found in the air in over half the patient rooms.
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