The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Karen Wandel
RN, PH Supervisor Jefferson County Health Department 

Preventing norovirus from attending holiday gatherings


November 30, 2016

Tis the season to share your dinner table with relatives and friends. The holiday season hits just after Montana DPHHS logged in 7 gastrointestinal (GI) outbreaks in the first three weeks of November.

Five of these GI outbreaks have been caused by norovirus, a bug that causes 1-3 days of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea sometimes accompanied by fever, chills and body aches. It is highly contagious and can be spread either directly from a sick person, or indirectly from contaminated food or commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, remote controls, faucet handles, etc.

Norovirus is the...

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