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Michigan residents urged to take precautions against norovirus

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 12:39:33-05

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has identified increases in norovirus activity recently and is urging Michigan residents to take precautions to stay healthy.

The illness often peaks in winter.

Although several viruses can cause vomiting and diarrhea, norovirus is the most common. These viruses are easily spread through food, by person-to-person contact or through contaminated surfaces. Norovirus infection is sometimes describe as "stomach flu" but is not related to influenza.

Norovirus often causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping, but infected people may also have a low-grade fever, headache, weakness and muscle aches. Symptoms can begin as early as 12 hours after exposure to the virus or as late as 72 hours. The symptoms of norovirus usually last one to three days. In most cases, ill individuals fully recover without medical attention.

Howeer, the enfection may result in hospitalization due to dehydration, especially in the very young and elderly.

Additional information about norovirus can be found here.