Stomach virus prompts health alert

December 13th, 2012 at 12:59 pm by under Latest Posts

A stomach illness called norovirus is popping up around the state, and the New Mexico Department of Health is asking everyone to take precautions.

Norovirus is very contagious, and it can lead to complications in babies, elderly or people with compromised immune systems.

The No. 1 preventative is hand washing, especially after changing diapers and before preparing foods and eating.

Don’t prepare food for others if you are sick, and don’t visit hospitals or long-term care facilities if you are ill.

A statement from the DOH says, “Noroviruses are viruses that cause gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu”.

“Common symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less common symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headache, and muscle aches.

“Symptoms usually begin 1 or 2 days after exposure to the virus. Most people recover in 1 or 2 days and have no long-term health effects.”

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