11
Oct
2017

“Cruise ship virus” stows away in rare gut cells to avoid destruction

An international team of researchers has discovered that the so-called “winter vomiting bug,” norovirus, can escape destruction by hiding in a rare type of cell found in the gut. Norovirus, also known as the “cruise ship” virus for its propensity to wreak havoc in the self-contained environments of leisure ships, is the leading cause of non-bacterial gastroenteritis – a condition that causes 267 million infections, and 200,000 deaths worldwide each year.

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