There are many viruses to watch out for during this time of year, but one of the worst must be Norovirus.  

The ugly virus is super active this time of year and won't lessen until April according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases for Norovirus have risen since Nov. 2023 in the western states including Utah.  

So, what is Norovirus? 

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. Norovirus is sometimes called the “stomach flu” or “stomach bug”. —CDC 

It's not related to the flu but feels just as bad. Some of the symptoms include vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, and more. It's also super contagious.  

Here are some ways to prevent contracting Norovirus: 

 

Currently there are a few foods to stay away from that FDA is warning retailers and restaurants to not sell. Certain oysters from Baja California, Mexico and Bahia Salina in Sonora, Mexico may be contaminated with Norovirus.  

There is currently no preventative outside of remaining diligent with staying clean and away from people who have contracted the virus.  

Here some statistics about Norovirus In The U.S.: 

  • 900 deaths, mostly among adults aged 65 and older 
  • 109,000 hospitalizations 
  • 465,000 emergency department visits, mostly in young children 
  • 2,270,000 outpatient clinic visits annually, mostly in young children 
  • 19 to 21 million illnesses 

 

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