Norovirus Outbreak Linked To Illegally Operating Caterer
December 17, 2008
Locally, those counties include Forsyth,
Last week, Forty-two residents and workers at The Oaks At Forsyth
nursing home on
Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the "stomach flu" or gastroenteritis, and cannot be seen or tasted but spread easily from person to person, according to health officials.
“More than a million
Linda Means, communicable disease nursing supervisor at the Forsyth County Health Department, said last week that the outbreak at The Oaks carried all the signs of a norovirus outbreak common in nursing facilities.
Means said the virus was most common during the colder part of the season and said strict hand washing was the most effective way to prevent its spread.
Terry Pierce, director of the Division of Environmental Health, said that residents who hire caterers for holiday parties should be especially careful, and need to make sure the caterers are properly permitted or licensed.
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