Saturday, January 6, 2018




Norovirus reported in Dutchess

POUGHKEEPSIE – If you have been experiencing stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, there is a good chance to have caught norovirus.

Symptoms can be more severe among young children, older adults and those with chronic health conditions. Most people get better in one to three days.

The highly contagious illness can be spread through contact with people, food, water or surfaces and “multiple cases” have cropped up in Dutchess County.

The health department said that while there is no specific medicine to treat norovirus, drink plenty of liquids to combat dehydration. Those signs include thirst, less-frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue and dizziness.

Avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol as they will increase dehydration, health officials note. If you become severely dehydrated, call your doctor right away.

The avoid catching the virus, the health department recommends that you wash your hands carefully and thoroughly, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers. Always wash your hands before eating or handling food.

Wash fruits and vegetables. Cook seafood thoroughly.

If you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others who are sick. Avoid contact with others at least 72 hours after symptoms have stopped, especially if you work in a school, daycare, healthcare, nursing home, or food service industry,

You should clean and disinfect surface areas. Especially high contact areas such as door knobs, keyboards, and phones as the virus can remain on those surfaces for weeks, the health department said.

Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens soiled with vomit or diarrhea. Wear rubber gloves or disposable gloves while handling soiled items and wash hands immediately after.


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