Norovirus spreading across northern B.C.

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The Norovirus appears to be making its rounds across northeast B.C.

The Norovirus, also known as the Norwalk virus, is a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness that causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache and a fever says Eryn Collins, a spokesperson for Northern Health.

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Collins says there have been a number of outbreaks across the north but that these types of viruses, along with the flu, are common during this time of the year.

She says people should be especially vigilant in washing their hands and ensuring they practice proper cough etiquette. She also says people should be aware that if they are not feeling well, they should not go to school, work or visit any health care facilities, where an illness could be spread further.

Symptoms of the Norovirus can last anywhere between 24 and 60 hours and she says it’s very important to keep hydrated because dehydration is a very big concern with these types of illnesses. She also says anyone who requires further information about their symptoms can always call 811 and speak with a HealthLink B.C. representative.

People are also encouraged to speak with their doctor if they feel their symptoms are continuing over a longer than normal time period.

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