Norovirus reported in Santa Rosa Schools

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM.


Parents of school-age children received automated calls and emails this week, following recent reports of Norovirus in Santa Rosa County schools. Health officials would like to remind everyone that good hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid spreading Norovirus and other gastrointestinal illnesses. They point out that hand sanitizers do not work with this virus.

They say the illness is highly contagious and typically lasts one to two days.  The virus can be especially serious in very young children and older adults and spreads quickly in closed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships.  It is spread when a person eats or drinks something contaminated with the virus, touches surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touches the mouth or face, or has direct contact with someone who is ill. Becoming dehydrated from diarrhea and vomiting is one concern with this illness and can lead to serious complications if not addressed.

Norovirus is just one of a group of viruses that cause illnesses commonly referred to as "stomach flu".  Symptoms include:




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