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Norovirus Public Health Advisory Issued In Dutchess

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health
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DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health is warning the community to be on high alert following reports of several norovirus cases in the region.

An alert was issued on Friday after the DBCH received reports of several clusters of very contagious norovirus cases in Dutchess County. Symptoms include acute-onset vomiting, watery, non-bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, nausea and low-grade fever, headaches or body aches.

“As noroviruses are easily spread, (officials) recommend routine cleaning and disinfecting of surface areas, especially high contact areas such as doorknobs, keyboards and phones as the virus can remain on surfaces for weeks,” the DBCH noted.

According to the DBCH, patients that may be experiencing norovirus symptoms should not prepare food or care for others who are sick for at least 72 hours. Patients should also practice proper handwashing and should immediately launder any soiled items in the longest wash cycle possible.

Additional information from the Center for Disease Control regarding norovirus illnesses can be found here.

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