Norovirus

You do NOT want to catch norovirus! This highly contagious virus causes your digestive tract to become inflamed, leading to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

You can feel extremely ill and throw up or have diarrhea many times a day, lasting one to two days. This can cause dehydration, especially in young children. If they become dehydrated, children may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy.

Norovirus is easily transmitted person-to-person via dirty hands that have been contaminated by close contact with someone who is sick with norovirus, touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, or from contaminated food or water.

Preventive measures are important in minimizing spread of norovirus in schools:

  • The single best way to prevent getting norovirus is to practice proper hand washing.
  • Stay home/keep kids home if sick.

Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever, headache, body aches