For cruise ship passengers, the highly contagious norovirus has ruined many a trip with vomiting and diarrhea. Now, a study led by a University of Florida Health researcher has found that the severity of norovirus infection is related to gut microbes and the virus’s location within the intestine.
The findings are a potential avenue toward future therapies for the now-untreatable norovirus. There are 685 million cases a year worldwide including 50,000 fatalities and 200 million in children under age 5, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings by Stephanie Karst, Ph.D., a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of molecular genetics and microbiology, and her collaborators were published in the journal Nature Microbiology.Learn more about Severity of Norovirus Linked to Gut Microbes, UF Health Researchers Find.