January 31, 2007

Norovirus hitting nursing home residents around the nation

by Levin & Perconti

Norovirus appears to be spreading nationwide in nursing homes. Norovirus is the bug that causes a nasty stomach ailment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has asked state health officials to document outbreaks for a report to be issued soon. Typically, Norovirus hits nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals, and other group settings in the winter. It plagues cruise ships year-round. The virus is extremely contagious and is transmitted through close contact with infected people or digesting contaminated food. Its symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and low-grade fever. Unfortunately, there is no treatment. Experts recommend handwashing and good sanitation to prevent the virus from spreading.

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