The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received several reports of norovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities within the last several weeks. When there are outbreaks in facilities, it means norovirus is likely circulating in communities as well.
Norovirus spreads quickly and easily. It can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. People may also experience stomach cramps, fever and head or body aches. Norovirus infections are transmitted in many ways including:
People with diarrhea or vomiting handling and preparing food.
Direct contact with an infected person, such as through sharing food or shaking hands.
Hand-to-mouth transfer after touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
Airborne droplets of vomit.
Illness usually starts 12-48 hours after exposure and lasts one to three days. Treatment is supportive therapy for dehydration.