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Norovirus... 'Tis the Season


Have you recently been sick with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea? Norovirus, which is common this time of year, is likely to blame.

Norovirus is still circulating

Hand washing

Gastrointestinal illness (vomiting and diarrhea) has been circulating in the community. There is a good chance it is caused by norovirus. Noroviruses are highly contagious viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Some people also experience headache, low grade fever, and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 48 hours.

Symptoms of norovirus infection typically occur 24 - 48 hours after you have been exposed to the virus.

Norovirus is transmitted by eating contaminated food (food that was prepared or handled by another ill person), by touching surfaces or objects (such as doorknobs, faucets, handles, etc.) contaminated with norovirus and then touching the mouth or by having direct contact with an infected person. 

To prevent the spread:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Disinfect with a bleach-based cleaning solution
  • Do not prepare food for others if you are ill
  • Currently, no vaccine exists for norovirus

Do you think you became ill after eating at a restaurant? Call Environmental Health at 734-222-3800.

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