It seems the Norwalk Virus is to blame for several reports of staff and student illness at Dixon Elementary School in recent weeks. Onslow County Health Director George O'Daniel says the sicknesses were related to the "Norwalk" type of Gastroenteritis Virus. This virus is responsible for about 40% of outbreaks of Viral Gastroenteritis in children and adults, that results in nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea. Common settings for Norwalk Virus outbreaks are cruise ships, the most well know origin, but also restaurants, nursing homes, and schools. Health officials say the virus is highly contagious and stress that people are vigilant in practicing good health habits.
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