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411 on Norovirus

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CENTENNIAL – This week an outbreak of the norovirus prompted the closure of a school in Centennial. It is a good reminder to wash your hands and take other basic measures to stay healthy, something that is always important during the cold and flu season

Norovirus infection occurs in the stomach and intestines and is caused by a specific group of viruses. It is most often called the stomach flu. The viruses can spread through a variety of ways, including:

  • Surfaces, such as a door knob
  • Food and drinks prepared by infected food handlers who do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom
  • The viruses can also spread by direct contact with an ill person. This is common in schools, day care centers or nursing homes.

READ MORE: Norovirus Information and Tips from our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

MORE INFORMATION: Centers for Disease Control norovirus resources

Again, simple measures – including washing hands – can help avoid exposure to illnesses including norovirus and the common cold.

READ MORE: Remember: Wash hands, cover sneezes & stay home when sick
TAKE ACTION: DCSD Attendance Policy

 

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