Norovirus Hits Amador County

Norovirus Hits Amador County

KVGC has received several reports of people suffering from norovirus in the county. There have also been many outbreaks in recent weeks throughout California.  So, it is a good time to warn listeners of the potential dangers and how to avoid norovirus. Symptoms include 1-3 days of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as low-grade fever and fatigue.  It is normally not dangerous but can lead to dehydration, which is dangerous.  The virus is spread easily through infected foods or drinks, direct contact with an infected person or by making contact with surfaces, such as counters or eating utensils, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.  It normally impacts enclosed settings, like schools, cruise ships, restaurants or daycares, but can be spread elsewhere.  The Center for Disease Control says you can help avoid and prevent it by washing your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water, properly rinsing and preparing food, cleaning surfaces with bleach and washing infected laundry.  More information is available at cdc.gov.

 

Written by David Eisenhauer

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