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Local health expert talks about contagious stomach bug Norovirus

Local health expert talks about contagious stomach bug Norovirus. // WSBT 22 photo

A warning from the Michigan Department of Health about an increase in Norovirus.

The stomach bug is very contagious even after you're feeling better.

If it hits you, the health department recommends you limit your exposure to others so you don’t pass it on.

Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom or before preparing or eating food.

To help keep it from spreading, it’s best to use a diluted bleach and water combination to disinfect any hard surface you touch on a regular basis.

“You know Norovirus can live on hard surfaces for up to almost three weeks,” said Gillian Conrad, Berrien County Health Department. “So it is really important that you are thoroughly disinfecting services that a sick person might’ve touched, not just in the bathroom hopefully where they got sick, but other places in your home.”

In most cases, sick people recover without medical attention.

But the infection may lead to hospitalization for dehydration, particularly for the young and elderly.

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