What Is the Incubation Period for a Stomach Virus?


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According to the Mayo Clinic, the incubation period for a stomach virus can be from one to three days. The most common stomach virus for adults is norovirus. The most common stomach flu for infants and young children is rotavirus.

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The rotavirus can have a shorter incubation period of between one to two days, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms following a stomach flu incubation can also be as short as four or five hours. The incubation period for a stomach virus does not correspond to the time frame in which a person might be contagious. A person can be contagious for anywhere from a few days to two weeks.

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