Dr. Ryan Murphy, an Emergency Medicine Physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, says he’s seen multiple cases of norovirus each day since the end of the holidays.
“We’ve definitely seen an uptick in the cases, probably since the Christmas holiday started, and rightfully so,” Murphy told Local 5. “Everyone’s with family, and hanging out with each other.”
Norovirus is a very contagious gastrointestinal illness, and it only takes a few particles to make someone sick. It can be spread through direct contact or touching the same object as an infected person.
“It’s a lot of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, maybe some fevers and body aches,” Murphy says.
Murphy says it’s in the first 12 to 24 hours that symptoms peak, and rest is important.
“It’s best just (to) lay down, get as much rest as possible,” he says. “If you can tolerate small sips of fluid to stay hydrated, that would be ideal. Make sure you’re kinda staying away from other people. The following 24 to 48 hours, people just feel kinda blah, achy, sore, and then it’s usually gone.”
Below are tips for Norovirus prevention:
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. This is especially important after using the restroom, before eating, and prior to preparing food.
If someone in your home is sick with the Norovirus, it’s important to use a bleach based cleaner to disinfect surfaces and kill the virus.
When someone in your home has the Norovirus, wash and handle laundry carefully using hot water and the hottest drying setting.
Do not share foods or eating utensils with others, especially those who could be infected by the Norovirus.
In addition to Aurora Baycare, Prevea Health has also reported seeing cases of norovirus this week.