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

Norovirus is particularly deadly to some of the most vulnerable demographics of society

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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