A number of residents in skilled nursing facilities in Western Nevada County have experienced recent sickness caused by Norovirus, a highly contagious viral illness. County Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler says symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea and are often mistaken as the flu.
As of Thursday (3/21/13) a total of 106 residents and staff had been affected by the illness presenting gastrointestinal symptoms.
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The first case was reported on February 5 and the last case on March 18.
Though Norovirus is highly contagious, symptoms usually ease within one to two days and do not require medical attention unless severe dehydration occurs.
Washing hands with soap and water is important to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Norovirus gained notoriety because of outbreaks that occurred on a Royal Carribean Cruise ship in early March.