A new norovirus strain was detected last year in Australia and has reached the United States.
Wednesday, January 30
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. Many people in the area have been reporting the symptoms associated with norovirus, especially families with children. A new norovirus strain, GII.4 Sydney, was detected last year in Australia. The strain hit the U.K. and sickened over a …
Norovirus, a highly contagious illness, is the same one that often strikes cruise ships.
A particularly contagious form of a stomach flu-like virus has struck Stateville Correctional Center, and now as many as 140 inmates are sick and bed-ridden. The illness is has been identified as Norovirus, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told CBS 2 (WBBM-TV). Inmates began getting sick Christmas Day, with many people becoming ill simultaneously. “The Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Health have already started working on outbreak and control efforts,” Arnold told the television news station. The illness is best known for sickening people on cruise shops. Because it is so contagious, it can spread quickly. Typically, however, it only takes a day or two to run its course, experts say. To …