Take Precautions Against Norovirus
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Outbreaks of norovirus are making national news, and Douglas County has not been immune to this highly contagious disease which is often referred to as ‚Äúthe stomach flu.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Douglas County Health Department has investigated nine outbreaks of norovirus since the middle of December. These have occurred in long-term care/assisted living facilities, a homeless shelter, a day care facility, and a health care facility. More than 200 people were affected.
People with norovirus can feel extremely ill and may throw up and have diarrhea several times a day. Additional symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body aches. One of the main concerns is that people will become dehydrated after they become sick with norovirus, so drinking plenty of fluids is important.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúNorovirus can have a rapid onset,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúThere are things you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick.‚ÄĚ
The best ways to prevent yourself from getting norovirus are to carefully wash your hands with soap and water ‚Äď especially before handling food and after changing diapers or using the restroom. Avoid preparing food for others when you are sick; and wash laundry thoroughly, especially if it may be contaminated with vomit or feces. Surfaces can be contaminated and may need to be sanitized to avoid spreading norovirus.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúMost people recover from norovirus in one to three days,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúBut, it is an experience you want to avoid.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Here is a link to a CDC video on norovirus: