Norovirus is a common stomach bug that shows up in the form of cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Norovirus can spread very quickly through physical contact, taking care of someone while their sick, or touching something that has come in contact with Norovirus. There has recently been an outbreak in Northern California. Learn more in the video below and how you can take preventative measures to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
Posted by: The Sacramento Bee
BY LORETTA KALB
Yolo County health authorities are investigating whether reports of stomach flu at the University of California, Davis, and at K-12 schools in Woodland and West Sacramento are the result of norovirus, a virulent form of the flu marked by vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Beth Gabor, spokeswoman for Yolo County, said at least 40 students and seven staff members at the various campuses have flu-like symptoms. “We’re still gathering information,” she said. The virus is highly contagious.
The latest warning comes after three Elverta schools in north Sacramento County were closed Thursday when 33 students and five teachers were struck with what county health officials said is the norovirus.
Most norovirus infections are mild and last only a few days. The infection is typically spread through contaminated water and food although it can pass from person to person.
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The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others is wash your hands – especially after going to the bathroom – washing your food before you eat it, and consistently wiping surfaces with a bleach-based cleaner.
If you think you have Norovirus, stay home until you feel better and drink plenty of liquids. If you’re concerned or aren’t getting better, visit the Medical Specialty Center – Your Everyday Health Care Clinic at Orchard Hospital. We will take care of you quickly and efficiently. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Open 7 days a week. It’s our goal to have fast and friendly care while delivering quality health care. We have locations in both Gridley and Oroville.
Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.