Health Officials Warn Of Norovirus Cases | Health
Public Health Madison-Dane County officials said they have received numerous reports of people sick with vomiting and diarrhea, most likely caused by norovirus.
The highly contagious virus is often called by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.
Officials said norovirus usually circulates through the community every winter.
Officials said the most important steps to take to prevent becoming ill are to wash your hands often, especially before you eat, and to not share food with anyone you know to be sick. If you are sick, the best ways to prevent spreading your illness to others are to wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom, and to not prepare food for other people until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
Health officials said anyone can get norovirus and can have the illness multiple times during their lifetime. It can make people feel extremely ill and vomit or have diarrhea many times a day.
Most people get better within one to two days, officials said. They said there is no specific treatment or vaccine for norovirus.
For more information about norovirus, go to http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/organisms/norovirus.html.