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Is norovirus the same thing as stomach flu?

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Noroviruses are sometimes called food poisoning, because they can be transmitted through food that's been contaminated with the virus. They aren't always the result of food contamination, though.

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.

From: Norovirus: Symptoms and Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

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Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Edward Gaydos, DO, pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic.

CDC: "Norovirus: Clinical Overview."

CDC website.

San Francisco Department of Public Health: "Norovirus."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 28, 2019

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