Norovirus: What You Need to Know

If you’ve recently fallen ill with a stomach bug, you’re not alone. The CDC is reporting significant Norovirus activity across the country, especially in the West and Northeast. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States. This virus can affect people of all ages, and it spreads rapidly through tiny particles of feces or vomit from an infected person. 

Symptoms of Norovirus 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Nausea 
  • Stomach pain 

Symptoms usually begin 12-48 hours after exposure.  

Prevent the Spread of Norovirus 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. 
  • Hand sanitizer is not as effective as soap and water in protecting against Norovirus. 
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption. 
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly before eating. 
  • Stay home when sick and for at least two days after symptoms subside. 
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop. 

Norovirus can spread rapidly through schools, day cares, nursing homes, and other indoor locations.  

Norovirus Impact 

  • Norovirus causes approximately 900 deaths annually, primarily among adults aged 65 and older. 
  • It leads to about 109,000 hospitalizations and 465,000 emergency department visits each year, with a higher prevalence in young children. 
  • On average, there are 19 to 21 million norovirus-related illnesses in the United States every year. 

If you or a family member experience symptoms of norovirus, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain, you may seek medical attention. Same day telehealth visits may be available, and you won’t have to leave your home. Please call us at 609-278-5900 to schedule an appointment. 

At Henry J. Austin Health Center, your health and well-being are our top priorities. We’re here to support you and provide the care you need to stay healthy. Stay informed about norovirus and take proactive measures to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

 Source: Norovirus | CDC 

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