With all of this concern for children and the Norovirus, it is safe to assume that adults are at a minimal risk for catching the disease? I am concerned with my adult daughter's suppressed immune system and her risks of contracting the virus. When is the time to be concerned about mild cold symptoms being more serious?
Norovirus does not cause an upper respiratory tract illness. Norovirus is the most common cause of food borne gastrointestinal illness causing nausea vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Most of the outbreaks that have been reported lately have occurred on cruise ships. This virus is an equal opportunity offender affecting children and adults of all ages. The best thing you can do to avoid this virus is not eat contaminated food, wash and disinfect your hands frequently and hope you can avoid an outbreak in a confined area like a cruise ship
--Rip Kinkel, MD