Multiple schools and day care centers throughout
Mesa County have reported norovirus-like symptoms this week. Adults and
children should stay home if experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms to avoid
spreading the virus to others.
The virus is highly contagious and can spread
rapidly in closed environments, such as schools, day care centers, workplaces
and nursing homes. It’s important to stay home until you’ve been symptom free
for at least 48 hours.
the spread of norovirus:
  • Practice
    good handwashing, often.
  • Disinfect
    surfaces by using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed.
  • Do not
    prepare food while infected.
  • Stay
    home when sick. 
Symptoms of norovirus can include vomiting, nausea,
diarrhea, headache, abdominal cramps and sometimes a low-grade fever. Most
commonly, people with norovirus experience diarrhea, vomiting and stomach
Norovirus can be a serious illness, causing
dehydration especially in the very young, the elderly and people with other
illnesses. Most people, however, get better within one to two days.