City of Midland Warns of Norovirus Threat 1/30/13
CBS 7 News
January 30, 2013
Midland Health & Senior Services wants to remind citizens of key facts about norovirus.
This stomach bug is a highly contagious virus and causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines), which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.
Anyone can get norovirus illness, which spreads very easily and quickly. Each year, norovirus causes about 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in this country. It only takes a very small amount of norovirus particles to make you sick.
Norovirus can be spread in many ways. These include eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus, putting your fingers in your mouth after touching surfaces or objects that have norovirus on them, and having close personal contact with an infected person such as by caring for or sharing food, drinks, or eating utensils with an infected person.
Midland Health & Senior Services is asking for your help to prevent norovirus from spreading by:
∑ Washing your hands carefully with soap and water,
∑ Washing fruits and vegetables,
∑ Not preparing food or care for others if you are sick,
∑ Cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces and
∑ Washing laundry thoroughly.
For more information, please contact the Midland Health Department at 681-7613 or view the City of Midland Health Departmentís website at http://www.midlandtexas.gov/departments/health_senior_serv/health_home.html.