Beware the norovirus

It may not be COVID. Norovirus is likely among the reasons behind increased reports of recent illnesses in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. People who are sick with norovirus may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue and dehydration. Other viruses and illnesses caused by bacteria contamination such as E. coli can cause similar symptoms, but norovirus is the most common culprit.

Commonly described as “stomach flu” or “food poisoning,” norovirus is spread when people eat or drink contaminated food and beverages, touch contaminated surfaces or have close contact with someone already sick.



 

The prevention is like what you have been hearing to avoid exposure to COVID: frequently wash hands, if ill, stay home from work and school, especially if employed in food-handling, healthcare or childcare, thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of feeling the symptoms, and ill persons should take extra care to avoid spreading the virus by minimizing contact with other persons while ill and practicing good hygiene.

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