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Prevention key to reducing norovirus spread

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Recent hospital emergency room surveillance across the tri-county and surrounding regions indicates an increase in illness resembling Norovirus (previously called Norwalk virus) affecting many people in the region.  In response to this increase, the Health Unit’s message is simple wash your hands frequently to prevent getting ill if you are ill, stay home and remain there until you’ve been symptom-free for 48 hours.

This virus is a major cause of gastroenteritis (commonly referred to as “stomach flu”) in children and adults and can cause outbreaks in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, day care centres and food premises. The symptoms of Norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is reminding residents to be cautious and to limit the spread of gastro-intestinal illnesses through good hygiene and staying home when sick. While the symptoms usually do not last more than two or three days, a person can still pass the virus to others for up to 48 hours after symptoms have disappeared.

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