Norovirus

Health Update for Patients
January 23, 2014

There have been reports of Norovirus outbreaks in the community so please take every precaution to prevent further illnesses from developing.

FACTS:
Norovirus is the leading cause of outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea and it spreads very quickly.
Norovirus is spread by contact with an infected person or by touching a contaminated surface.
Norovirus particles are small and there are billions of them in the stool and vomit of an infected person.

Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. This is called acute gastroenteritis.

Common Symptoms:
• Diarrhea
• Throwing up
• Nausea
• Stomach Pain

Other Symptoms:
• Fever
• Headache
• Body Aches

If you have norovirus illness, you can feel extremely ill and throw up or have diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses. Most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days.

There is no specific medicine to treat people with norovirus illness. Norovirus infection cannot be treated with antibiotics because it is a viral (not a bacterial) infection. If you have norovirus illness, you should drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from throwing up and diarrhea. This will help prevent dehydration.

CDC Norovirus Disease Widget

For more information, read the CDC's page on Norovirus:
http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/