Norovirus lasts up to two weeks in elderly patients
April 21, 2010
LONDON — A recent study suggests that norovirus lasts longer in elderly patients and that they should be monitored for longer than the generally accepted three to five days, according to Nursing Times.
Researchers monitored and studied 13 patients aged 60 to 98 years suffering from norovirus and discovered that the average length of time the virus remained active was 14 days, the story stated.
Because symptoms were still being shown in the sample group two weeks after their onset, the researchers suggest elderly norovirus patients be carefully monitored for at least 14 days, the story noted.
The results of this study could have a major impact on the spread of norovirus in nursing homes and schools, as it is now known that separating and isolating infected persons should continue longer than the initial first few days, the story added.
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