Seneca County Health Department: Norovirus Extremely Contagious

It's the flu season, and now we've got norovirus thrown into the mix. Seneca County Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart says it's usually spread from hand-to-mouth contact. We asked her if she's seen any cases in Seneca County.

Swinehart says the problem is that it's extremely contagious.

She described the symptoms.

The best thing to do if you have norovirus is to stay home.

She also adds that cleaning up is very important.

Norovirus is extremely contagious. You're most contagious when you're ill and the three days after you've started feeling better. Drink lots of fluids, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid person-to-person contact as much as possible. Fewer than twenty virus particles can cause an infection.

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