Norovirus May Be Causing Illness In Carteret County

The norovirus is spreading across the state and may be responsible for residents becoming ill with gastrointestinal symptoms in Carteret County.

The Carteret County Health Department says its getting reports from the community about symptoms reflective of norovirus...including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Some people also have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.

The illness often starts suddenly and lasts 1 to 2 days. Children may experience more vomiting than adults. The health department says there is no treatment for this virus and testing is not needed except in certain situations.

Norovirus is spread person-to-person or by contact with contaminated surfaces.

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