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      Community wide outbreak of Norovirus affects Colquitt County

      Carolyn Maschke, the public information officer for the Southwest Georgia Public Health District office, said they are seeing cases of Norovirus all over the county including schools and day care centers. / File


      Colquitt County is currently experiencing what health officials call a "community-wide outbreak" of Norovirus.

      Officials say at first they thought the Norovirus might have started at a fast food restaurant in the county but after thorough tests they concluded that no food operations were behind the outbreak.

      Carolyn Maschke, the public information officer for the Southwest Georgia Public Health District office, said they are seeing cases of Norovirus all over the county including schools and day care centers.

      Harmeet Singh, also with the Southwest Georgia Public Health District office, said two of the target groups they are watching are those who are very young, and the elderly. Norovirus can be more severe with both of these age groups so Singh cautions them to be weary of the places where confirmed cases have been found.

      Singh explained that this virus is so contagious because it can survive on things like counters and tables, so she urges people in Colquitt County to be washing their hands and cleaning their houses even more than normal. Singh says when cleaning these services make sure to use bleach because things like Lysol won't kill the virus.

      Officials say you'll start to notice symptoms within 48 hours of being infected and the most important thing those who are infected need to make sure they do is stay hydrated.

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