Increase In Norovirus Outbreaks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 12, 2007

This could be the worst year for stomach flu in the Sacramento area. 

"When all is said and done, it will have affected most of us in one way or another."

Dr. Glennah Trochet – Sacramento County’s Public Health Officer – says we’re on course for surpassing the number of outbreaks reported last year.   

"In January we had 11 outbreaks just in that month compared to 24 all year last year."

She says the best way to prevent catching or spreading the virus is to wash your hands a lot.

"People can shed the virus for up to 7 days after they feel better so it is really important that people use very good hand hygiene."

Norovirus symptoms include a sudden onset of stomach cramping, nauseau, diarrhea and a low grade fever. It’s spreads person-to-person as well as through food and water contamination.