BAY COUNTY, Mich. — The Bay County Health Department urges residents to practice good hand washing techniques to help prevent a countywide increase in Norovirus cases.
The health department says people working in day-care centers, schools or nursing homes should pay close attention to children or residents who have symptoms of norovirus. The virus can spread quickly in these types of facilities.
According to Bay County Health Department, norovirus is sometimes called the “stomach flu”, but is not related to influenza, which is a respiratory viral illness that causes fever, cough, chills, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, and sore throat.
Noroviruses can be spread through hand to mouth contact, direct person-to-person contact, or by contact with contaminated objects or surfaces.
The health department says one of the best ways to prevent the spread of Noroviruses is to wash hands vigorously with warm running water and soap, using friction for at least 20 seconds. Hands should be dried with paper towels.
For additional information, call the Bay County Health Department at 989-895-4006 or visit http://www.baycounty-mi.gov/health/CommunicableDisease.aspx.