The Christmas Gift you do not want to get

The Christmas Gift you do not want to get

It’s the gift you don’t want to give or receive for — norovirus.

KFL&A Public Health’s surveillance program that monitors symptoms presented at emergency department visits and admissions at area hospitals is showing a surge in gastrointestinal activity in KFL&A residents.

Norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus with symptoms that include nausea, , , abdominal cramps, headache, chills, sore muscles, and a low-grade fever, often circulates during the .

Reports from the Syndromic Surveillance Program at KFL&A Public Health are showing a sharp rise in the number of norovirus symptomatic visits to local hospitals. This norovirus activity is beyond what hospitals are experiencing with admitted patients. While vomiting appears to be the main symptom in children, diarrhea may be more common in adults. With illness resembling norovirus affecting many people across the KFL&A area in recent weeks, KFL&A Public Health’s message is simple: stay home until you’ve been symptom-free for 48 hours

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About Norovirus

    Noroviruses are highly contagious and are transmitted via the faeces and vomit of infected people, either through direct contact or throught contaminated objects or via food and water. The incubation period is one to three days.



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