Bay County Health Department warning of rampant norovirus spreading in area

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BAY COUNTY (WJRT) (2/6/2018) - A recent spread of norovirus illnesses around Bay County has health officials urging people to use proper hygiene to prevent the spread.

Noroviruses are usually short-lived and cause intense gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and low-grade fevers.

They are especially common in schools, day care centers and nursing homes, where people live in close proximity. The virus can spread quickly through hand to mouth contact, direct person-to-person contact or by touching contaminated surfaces in these types of facilities.

The Bay County Health Department is urging people to practice good hand washing techniques. That includes using warm water and soap, rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds several times a day.

Surfaces or objects contaminated with noroviruses can be easily
disinfected by cleaning with a chlorine bleach and water solution.

For additional information, please contact the Bay County Health Department at (989) 895-4006

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