Health/Medical
11:51 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Norovirus outbreaks reported in Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says several outbreaks of norovirus have been reported.

DHHS officials said Tuesday the cases have been reported at long-term care facilities. When that happens, officials say the virus, also called stomach flu, is likely circulating in the community as well. Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Acierno says norovirus can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

"People who are vomiting and have diarrhea should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly can become dehydrated more easily and should be monitored carefully."

Norovirus can be spread by handling and preparing food, direct contact with an infected person, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects. The virus generally lasts one to three days.

More information is available at www.cdc.gov.