Wash U Researchers Tackle Common Cruise Ship Virus

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local researchers say they may be one step closer to an answer for a dreaded cruise ship virus.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have identified the protein that norovirus uses to invade cells. Norovirus is the most common viral cause of diarrhea worldwide and infamous for causing outbreaks on cruise ships, military barracks or anywhere people live in close quarters.

The discovery was first made in mice and the researchers say it is critical in combating the common but hard-to-study virus.

This finding could eventually lead to treatments or a vaccine.

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