Understanding the norovirus with CNY Health experts – Bio Prep Watch

Norovirus Outbreak Spreading Across New York State

Norovirus, a highly contagious virus known for causing vomiting, diarrhea, and foodborne illness, is currently spreading throughout New York State. Upstate Hospital Division Chief of Infectious Disease, Dr. Ramiro Gutierrez, warns that norovirus is often mistaken for food poisoning and is a common virus in the country.

The virus spreads easily from person to person, with most cases being foodborne, making it a seasonal virus similar to the flu. Symptoms typically last between 24 to 72 hours, and on average, the US sees about 20 million cases of norovirus each year, with outbreaks commonly occurring at large gatherings.

Madison County recently reported multiple cases of norovirus at Colgate University, prompting Oswego County Deputy Director of Public Health, Jodi Martin, to advise infected individuals to focus on staying hydrated as there is no specific treatment for the virus. Onondaga County Medical Director Dr. James Alexander emphasizes the importance of hand washing and cleaning surfaces with a bleach-containing solution to prevent the spread of norovirus.

If experiencing severe symptoms, individuals are advised to contact their primary care physician or go to urgent care, with pregnant individuals being especially cautious. With norovirus continuing to spread, it is crucial for individuals to take necessary precautions to prevent further outbreaks within the community. Stay informed and stay safe.

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