Norovirus cases popping up throughout New Mexico
December 13th, 2012 at 3:20 pm by ryanprice under News
Norovirus, commonly confused with the stomach flu, is making its presence known throughout the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed that cases of Norovirus have been happening throughout the state, and have put several people in hospitals. No deaths have been attributed to these infections.
The Virus causes gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less severe cases include chills, headache, low grade fever and muscle aches.
The Department of Health is recommending everyone take precautions, especially the very young and elderly.
To decrease the risk of getting a Norovirus infection, the department recommends that you:
· Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for 20 secondso After using the bathroom
Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick.
Clean and disinfect surfaces with a household bleach solution immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents.
Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms and for at least 3 days after you recover.
Avoid visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities if you are ill.
- After changing diapers
- Before preparing foods
- Before eating
This virus is very contagious and can be found in stool and vomit from an afflicted person. From here, it transfers to food, water or surfaces an infected person has touched after not washing from bathroom use.
If infected it is recommended you drink plenty of fluids and remain in a restful state. To keep others safe, wash hands before preparing food for others and avoid long-term care facilities/hospitals where infection could lead to serious complications with those already suffering from ailments.