In addition to a harsh flu season, the norovirus has also become a pandemic this season. Recently, medical facilities have seen a rise the number of cases of norovirus treated. The norovirus is a virus that infects the stomach and intestines and causes symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramping. These symptoms often led to dehydration. It’s the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks. The norovirus is easily spread from contaminated people and surfaces. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is important in the prevention of the virus.
21 million people get the norovirus every year in the United States, and an average of 70,000 become serious enough to go to the hospital.
If you feel that you or someone you know has the norovirus, FastMed offers resources and treatments to help rid the virus. We have 29 locations throughout North Carolina and we are open evenings during the weekdays.
For more information on the norovirus, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/norovirus/