STLMoms: Norovirus And How To Stop It

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(KTVI) - Many illnesses are going around right now. One hitting many hard is a stomach virus.

Pediatrician Dr. Matt Doughtery with Esse Health talked with Margie about the Norovirus.

Find out more: http://www.cdc.gov/features/norovirus/

How It Is Spread:

The viruses are found in the vomit and stool of infected people. You can get it by

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus (someone gets stool or vomit on their hands, then touches food or drink).
  • Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth.
  • Having direct contact with a person who is infected with norovirus (for example, when caring for someone with norovirus or sharing foods or eating utensils with them).

Symptoms of norovirus infection usually include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, and stomach cramping.

Other, less common symptoms may include low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and general sense of fatigue.