Noroviruses Are Highly Contagious

, Written by Travis Koch, 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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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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