Noroviruses Are Highly Contagious

, Posted: Fri, February 8 2013 at 6:12 PM, Updated: Fri, February 8 2013 at 6:35 PM

An old virus with a new twist seems to be infecting cities across the country and in Oregon- Norovirus.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new strain of the highly contagious norovirus was found in Australia and made it's way to the United States.

It's possible to be hit with the flu and a norovirus at the same time. However they are different diseases. Noroviruses spread faster than the flu and the symptoms usually involve the stomach and intestines. Body aches, vomiting, fever, nausea, stomach pain & had aches usually only last between 24-60 hours. Where as the flu is more respiratory and lasts longer.

Health officials say keeping good hygiene practices, like hand washing, disinfecting surface and keeping those infected away from others can help decrease the spread.

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