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(WZZM) -- Researchers are getting close to developing a medicine for norovirus.

Right now, there is no vaccine or antiviral drug for the sickness. Doctors can only treat the symptoms and ultimately, you have to wait out the infection.

A team of researchers from Kansas State University is developing an antiviral drug. So far, they have synthesized and tested more than a thousand compounds to find one that can treat norovirus and they have found several compounds that have potential.

"We are dealing with an existing problem, so that's why we think this is very, very important to do, finding those antivirals against this norovirus," said Dr. Kyeong-Ok Chang a Pathobiologist at Kansas State University.

Norovirus is the leading cause of viral stomach flu outbreaks in the United States. It is highly contagious and infections are commonly caused by contaminated food in places like hospitals, schools and cruise ships.

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