Fresno County Experiencing Norovirus Outbreaks in Schools and Daycare Centers
The Fresno County Department of Public Health stated that there have been multiple cases of norovirus in schools and daycare centers over the past couple of weeks. People usually hear about cases of norovirus happening on vacation cruises, but not usually at schools. Norovirus is highly contagious and people can get the virus from food, water, and even surfaces that have been contaminated by people that already have the virus. David Luchini, assistant director of the Fresno County Department of Public Health, stated:
We hear parents still send kids to school who are still in the process of diarrhea or vomiting. We have people going to work who are vomiting, having diarrhea. This virus is very contagious. If you have someone who vomits in a classroom, people are going to get exposed right away.
The following are symptoms of the virus: diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, body aches. Norovirus is usually mild and brief, but it can cause serious health problems for elderly people and young children. It is important to regularly wash your hands in order to prevent getting the norovirus, especially after going to the restroom and before preparing food. Since norovirus is a viral infection, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Anyone infected with norovirus should drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.
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