Avoiding the Norovirus this Holiday

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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- It's the holiday season, but a stomach bug could leave you saying "bah, humbug."

Dr Allison Baroco warns about norovirus.

"We as community members should be watching out for this," said Baroco.

You may know it as "the stomach flu," but either way, it's a bug state and local health departments keep a close eye on this time of year.

"It causes vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping," said District Epidemiologist Jonathan Falk.

He also said the virus is more common during the winter.

The Central Shenandoah Health District posted this picture to its Facebook page earlier this week.

The virus is very contagious and Falk said it takes only 18 of these norovirus particles to make someone sick.

"And so once they get into a household or facility, they can very quickly infect other people. That's really the main challenge we have," said Falk.

The best way to keep from getting it is washing your hands, a lot, because once you get it, there's no medicine to help it go away more quickly.

Baroco said the virus just has to run its course.

"The treatment is what we call supportive care, trying to get enough fluids in and seeking care from a health care provider if you develop more symptoms," said Baroco.

Both Falk and Baroco said most people are able to fight off norovirus on their own, so the people to watch out for are young kids and the elderly.

Remember, if you are sick, stay at home and don't make food for other people.

it's also good to wash your clothes, towels and sheets.

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