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Is norovirus the same thing as stomach flu?

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Norovirus is not related to flu. Flu is an infection of the respiratory system that causes fever, chills, aches, and pains. In fact, there’s no such thing as stomach flu, and it’s a term that some doctors encourage their patients to avoid. The confusion that it causes can have serious consequences.

SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 10, 2020

SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 10, 2020

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