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How to Avoid Getting Norovirus

By now, you've probably heard that norovirus is going around. It seems to be spreading everywhere, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), right now, the biggest norovirus activity right now is in the West and Northeast. I'm in the Midwest, but the stomach bug still hit me this week. Wow. It was a doozy. Thankfully, mine only lasted about 24 hours, but norovirus can last for longer. So, how do you avoid getting norovirus? Because, believe me, you don't want to get this. It's not fun or cute at all. The newest report from the CDC shows that in the West region of the U.S., more than 12% of tests for norovirus have come back positive, and in the Northeast, it's more than 13%. In the Midwest and Southern regions, roughly 10% of tests are coming back positive. This isn't a total surprise, as noroviruses are usually more prevalent in the fall and winter. But, the warm winter that much of the U.S. has been experiencing could have something to do with it. Also, according to the CDC, norovirus is the main cause of vomiting and diarrhea from acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. "While I think that there is a pretty good trend that overall, throughout the country, the number of norovirus outbreaks have not really increased, I don't think it’s completely representative of all the different communities in the U.S.," Christopher Cao, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Scientificamerican.com. Dr. Cao added that he, personally, as seen a lot more norovirus cases in his area in New York City, "and that may not necessarily be reflected in the data that the CDC is providing because they don’t collect data from New York [State]." Here are some important ways to avoid getting this nasty bug. These tips comes from the CDC.

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