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Winter Vomiting Bug
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
The medical director of Summit County Public Health said there have been anecdotal reports of the virus.
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. According to Dr. Marguerite Erme, Medical Director of Summit County Public Health, it is not required by law to report this virus to the county health board, but there have been several anecdotal accounts of the virus spreading through …