Health Officials: Watch Out For Norovirus
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 28, 2013 @ 3:16PM
Created on January 28, 2013 @ 2:25PM
Photo: CBS 
 
If you think the flu was the only thing you had to worry about when it came to your health this time of year  you might want to think again. That's because a new strain of the stomach bug that has swept the globe is now hitting the United States.
 
It's called norovirus. It's a lot like any other stomach bug, but it's very infectious, comes on quick, and can be hard to prevent.

The norovirus might sound familiar because there have been several major outbreaks of it in the last few years. 
 
The most recent strain has been traced to Australia.
 
In the last four month the officials with Centers for Disease Control have reported more than 140 outbreaks in the United States.
 
The virus is spread through contaminated food and drink and is passed along very easily.
 
You can get the virus by just touching something that someone sick has touched.
 
Symptoms include stomach cramps,  vomiting, and diarrhea.

It often spreads in places like schools, cruise ships, and nursing homes.
 
Because it's very infection cleaning surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes won't work. That's why health experts are suggesting more hand washing.
 
If you have to clean something use bleach, but make sure it's diluted.
 
"Most of the times it passes in a couple of days," Dr. Rashida Khakoo, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at WVU Healthcare, said. "It can be more problematic if somebody is younger or very old."
 
Doctor Khakoo said it's a good idea that if you get sick you keep yourself hydrated. If it lasts longer than a few days then it's suggested you seek medical attention.

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