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HEALTH ALERT: Norovirus Affecting Many in Central Virginia

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Health officials say they've already seen several norovirus outbreaks in the area.

Nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhea and sometimes a fever are all symptoms of the nasty bug.

In the past few months, the Health Department says there have been 55 outbreaks of norovirus across Virginia. 13 of those are in Central Virginia, which Dr. Laurie Forlano says is pretty comparable to this time last year.

"It really can affect anyone from babies to older adults," she says. "It typically happens in places where lots of people are congregating together we get outbreak reports from all different kind of settings."

Earlier this month, about 30 workers at Saint Francis were out sick. Last week, it was confirmed norovirus was to blame.

There is no vaccine for it. The best way to keep healthy is lots of hand washing and to wipe down all surfaces because it's so contagious.

"If you have folks in your home who are sick, after they're feeling better, do your laundry, clean your home thoroughly and that can help stave off extended illness through your family," Forlano says.

The biggest concern with someone who has norovirus is dehydration because it's almost impossible to keep even fluids down. If your symptoms last longer than a day or two, seek medical help.

 

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