Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents of several recent reports of norovirus.
The outbreaks took place in long-term care facilities but Dr. Anne O’Keefe is an epidemiologist with the Douglas County Health Department and says it is likely in the community as well.
Dr. O’Keefe says norovirus typically hits fast and furious. It causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases a fever. There is always the danger of dehydration with gastric illnesses so it is important to keep drinking plenty of fluids.
Dr. O’Keefe also recommends limiting contact with others. If someone in a household is ill she suggests they isolate themselves from others and no one use the bathroom the ill person is using. That will help prevent it from spreading.
Those who are ill should not handle food and there should be no direct contact with others.