Health Dept. warns of norovirus danger



GENESEE COUNTY —As the weather warms and schools begin to close, the Genesee County Health Department reminds everyone the area is still experiencing an increase in gastroenteritis illnesses. The viruses that cause gastroenteritis, such as norovirus, can be easily spread by food, person-to-person contact, or contaminated surfaces or objects. The Genesee County Health Department would like to make sure everyone stays healthy this season by providing the following information.

Norovirus causes an illness which typically includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Symptoms may also include low-grade fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. Symptoms last between 12 and 60 hours. In most cases, ill persons recover on their own.

Norovirus is very contagious and can be easily spread from person-to-person, especially in group settings. Individuals can reduce their risk of becoming infected by frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds (alcohol based hand sanitizers do not prevent the spread of norovirus). Spread of norovirus can be prevented by disinfecting contaminated surfaces with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners and prompt washing of contaminated clothing.

Details: Visit www.gchd.us. — G.G.


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