Virus hits Southwest Georgia

Virus hits Southwest Georgia. / Photo: Danielle Ledbetter

The Department of Public Health is seeing many cases of the Norovirus in Southwest Georiga.

Carolyn Maschke, the DPH's public information officer, said the amount of cases they've seen are about average for this time of year.

The Norovirus, or commonly referred to as the stomach bug, is a highly contagious virus.

Common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. It's also commonly seen in enclosed areas like day cares and nursing homes.

There are a number of ways to protect yourself from the sickness. Wash your hands often, cook shellfish to 140 degrees or higher and rinse fruits and veggies thoroughly.

Maschke said, "Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about Norovirus, there's no treatment. there's no cure."

The only thing you can really do about Norovirus is to work hard to prevent it.

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