How long is the 24-hour stomach virus contagious?


The length of time the 24-hour stomach virus is contagious depends on whether the 24-hours stomach flu is caused by norovirus or rotavirus, the two leading causes of stomach flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. Norovirus is contagious for three days to two weeks after symptoms appear, and rotavirus is contagious for about two weeks after a person becomes sick.

Both viruses are spread through close contact with infected persons, according to Mayo Clinic. Not sharing utensils and drinks with others and washing hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day can typically avert infection.

Norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu, in adults, the Mayo Clinic explains. Once an individual begins feeling ill, he is contagious, and symptoms occur within one to three days of exposure to the virus. While health typically improves after one day, the contagious period continues and is markedly longer in children than in adults.

With rotavirus, which is a top cause of gastroenteritis in children and infants, symptoms begin to occur one to two days after exposure to the virus, the Mayo Clinic states, and the contagious period begins at contact with the virus before symptoms occur. Children with rotavirus are contagious for a longer period as well, making consistent hand washing a priority.

Q&A Related to "How long is the 24-hour stomach virus contagious..."
It could be as long as 2 weeks. mach-flu/AN01758. . Carl_Spackler. 35 months ago.
Whether or not a person is contagious during the stomach flu
Actually "darcymc" both Norwalk virus (stomach virus) and Food poisoning can cause vomiting AND diarrhea. You can shed the virus for up to a week (through your feces) so
Not Medical Advice: A stomach virus is contagious for about 3 days. To avoid infection, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. See doctor if becomes worse.
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