Norovirus is widespread in Dutchess County making a lot of people sick. According to the Dutchess County Community Health Department, the illness is highly contagious and is easily spread through contact with people, food, water, or surfaces.
Symptoms of norovirus include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting within 12-48 hours after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms can be more severe for young children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions. Most people get better within 1-3 days.
The Health Department says there is no specific medicine to treat norovirus, but they recommend drinking plenty of liquids to fight dehydration.
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