Posted: May 10, 2013 7:52 PM by MTN News
KALISPELL - Local health officials say they're seeing a jump in gastrointestinal illness caused by Norovirus in area schools and long-term care facilities.
Norovirus is a group of virus that causes the majority of gastrointestinal outbreaks in the United States and is associated with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea symptoms. The virus can be spread in food or water, by direct contact between people or with contaminated surfaces.
It only takes a small number of virus particles to cause infection. Someone who has been ill with Norovirus, or symptoms to suggest it could be a Norovirus illness, can take actions to prevent the spread to family, friends, co-workers, and people who may be a risk for complications from this illness.
The Flathead City-County Health Department offers the following tips to help prevent the spread of this very contagious virus:
Many people contracting Norovirus become very ill and people with underlying health conditions may experience severe complications, according to a news release.