GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Officials from two West Michigan counties are reporting a spike in norovirus cases.
The Kent County Health Department says the number of norovirus cases has jumped. Muskegon officials reported a spike earlier this week.
The symptoms of norovirus are stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
There is no medication that treats norovirus, according to the health department. Anyone who suspects they have it is advised to drink plenty of water or sports drinks without caffeine.
The best way to avoid the illness is to thoroughly wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom.
Potentially contaminated areas should be cleaned thoroughly with a mix of 1/4 cup bleach and one gallon water.
From the Kent County Health Department:
- Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and before, during and after preparing food. Rub your hands together to lather the soap, and be sure to really scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails:
- Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dry them.
- After drying, use another clean paper towel to open the door, and then dispose of it.
- If you have been suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, remain at home until symptoms subside.
- Don't prepare food for anyone else until you haven't had symptoms for 24 hours or more.
- If sharing food, don't use bare hands when handling foods, and use utensils to transfer food from container to plate.
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