MDHHS Warns Michiganders to Protect Against Norovirus
State health officials say they have seen increases in norovirus activity recently and are urging Michiganders to take precautions.
Norovirus is easily spread through food, by person-to-person contact or through contaminated surfaces.
It is sometimes described “stomach flu” and often causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.
Infected people may also have a fever, headache, weakness, and muscle aches.
Symptoms can begin as early as 12 hours after exposure to the virus or as late as 72 hours.
However, norovirus infection may result in hospitalization due to dehydration, especially in the very young and elderly.
According to the MDHHS, the best way to limit the spread of norovirus is frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm running water.
This is especially important after using the bathroom or before preparing or eating food.
More information can be found at CDC.gov/norovirus.