Norovirus On The Rise In West Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich – The Public Health Department in Muskegon County has seen a rise in gastrointestinal (GI) illness and many cases have been confirmed as Norovirus.  The illness usually includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.  Some even suffer fever, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches.

The main issue with this particular virus, is the how easy it can be spread.  Most common ways it is spread, is through food handling, person-to-person contact, contaminated surfaces and especially in large groups.  A common misconception is that the commonly used alcohol based hand sanitizer is a precaution to take against being infected. These water-free, alcohol-based hand sanitizers do NOT work against Norovirus.

Keeping others around you healthy, if you have the virus, is to be sure to prevent contamination of food and drinks.  Also, if you come down with the illness, do not prepare anything for others at least 3 days after symptoms have stopped.  As mentioned, the hand sanitizer does not work with the Norovirus, simple hand washing with antibacterial soap and hot water does.

Remember, the common “stomach flu” also known as influenza (which is respiratory), is often mistaken as the Norovirus.


5 Comments to “Norovirus On The Rise In West Michigan”

    Jodie said:
    March 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Is there any confirmed cases in MT Pleasant. We ate at the Ihop the other night and a worker was in the bathroom tearing it up. I was glad we were done eating because she barely washed her hands when she was done.

    kaitlin said:
    March 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    holland had this going on a couple weeks ago like mad. im pretty sure it died down now havent heard of anything since.. but it was going like wild fire for a week.

    Julie said:
    April 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    pretty sure we have this right now. my poor family is MISERABLE :(

    alma Mi here.

    Ado said:
    March 27, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I see people on a daily basis leave the rest room without washing their hands. Sadly, they are spreading it wherever they go and to whatever they touch. Maybe there should be a different way to greet people than with a handshake?

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