St. Louis Public Radio News
12:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2003

Washington U. Research May Help Norwalk Virus

St. Louis, MO – Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new mouse virus that is closely related to the Norwalk virus that infected many cruise ship passengers last year.

Christiane Wobus worked on the study. She says finding the disease in mice will help in the effort to find a human vaccine.

The Norwalk virus causes flu-like symptoms, and can be fatal to the elderly or people with weak immune systems.

The results will be published in tomorrow's issue of the journal Science.