November 8, 2008
Several Virginia Tech students treated for Norovirus

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Health officials say 40 people, mostly Virginia Tech students, have confirmed cases of norovirus. Many have been treated at Montgomery Regional Hospital.

While nororvirus is typically not serious it can make a person very sick for one to two days. The biggest risk for the patients is dehydration.

Noroviurs is often called the "stomach flu" because symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The virus is very contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

A person is contagious from the time symptoms begin up to two weeks later in some cases, even if the person feels better.

The health department does expect more cases of norovirus from this outbreak. Officials say the best prevention is handwashing.



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