January 15th, 2019
As winter nears, so does the spread of many highly contagious viruses.
The Allen County Department of Health works hard to keep the public informed of local upticks and outbreaks of communicable and often preventable illnesses. So be sure to check here often for the latest information on what bugs we’re seeing make the rounds, and tips on how you can try to stay healthy!
It is common this time of year to see an increase in the highly contagious norovirus (often called the stomach flu), which causes symptoms like fever, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
Outbreaks most often occur November through April. Most people get sick by coming in contact with an infected person, eating food or drinking liquids contaminated with the virus, or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting unwashed hands in their mouths. Get details on symptoms, treatment and prevention from this flier.
Visit the CDC’s website for even more details on norovirus.