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Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/22/2023
Author Gabrielle Cataldi
Title Norovirus Cases Skyrocket Potentially Passing 2022’s Record
Introduction EMSL Analytical tests surfaces for the presence of human norovirus.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey, February 22, 2023

It is winter, and the waves of flu, RSV and COVID-19 have been on the decline.  However, another pathogen has been making a strong appearance; norovirus. The CDC's Norovirus Sentinel Testing and Tracking (NoroSTAT) network reported that the number of norovirus outbreaks at the end of February 2022 hit a season peak exceeding that of any previous season since surveillance began in 2012.

Norovirus a highly contagious virus that causes acute gastroenteritis, often leaving victims gutted from violent and frequent vomiting and diarrhea. The main way to prevent the spread of the virus is to thorough wash your hands.  Hand sanitizers do not generally work at getting rid of this virus.

“Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL is able to provide testing for human norovirus by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) through surface swabs or water samples.” 

EMSL can provide testing of surfaces with swabs and water/wastewater samples. EMSL provides sampling instrumentation, equipment, and instructions to get your samples to us safely and tested quickly.

To learn more about surface testing or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services and supplies, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc. 

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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