Norovirus Hits Carteret County

Carteret County is now reporting an outbreak of norovirus following a similar outbreak of the stomach bug in Pitt County last week.

The Carteret County Health Department is working with an un-named long term care facility that reported more than twenty patients are ill and several have been hospitalized over the last few days with symptoms of norovirus.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping are common symptoms of norovirus.

Public health staff is making sure infection control measures are in place.

The health department is notifying other adult care and assisted living homes, and says the best prevention is washing your hands often with soap and hot water.


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  • by Douglas Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    I was informed that alcohol-based hand sanitizers will not kill the norovirus. Wipe everything in your home with Clorox wipes.
  • by Jeremy Location: Morehead City on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    We don't call it the Flu because its NOT the Flu. Maybe you should be more informed before coming on here and misleading people.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    When did we stop referring to this as 'the flu'? Perhaps, getting those yearly flu vaccinations is actually making it worse, when you contract 'the flue'.
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      by ncgirl on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:03 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Norovirus is not the seasonal flu and there is no vaccine for this. This virus is one we frequently see on cruise ships, school campuses and other similar places. The symptoms are not the same as our seasonal flu.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM
    There is nothing enjoyable w/ this. I have been fighting it for over 2 wks. It takes every bit of energy just to do some simple things, that along w/ being sick. Chills, low grade fever, and some of the reagular flu symptoms. The CDC says that O blood types are more succeptible, just so happens I am O pos. Grocery stores and handling money along with schools or churches - social functions I guess are where this critter lives. Good luck keep the antiseptic wipes handy.
  • by Janelle Location: TX on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    Seems like they may need to do some retraining on proper hand-washing.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 08:34 PM in reply to Janelle
      This virus is also airborne. It has multiple means to xmit itself, so it'll take a lot more than that.
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        by Neat Freak on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:54 AM in reply to
        No joke.I wash my hands so much it's a wonder I have any skin left on them and I still got this mess.The worst bug ever out of my 47 years.
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          by Linda-nurse on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:30 AM in reply to Neat Freak
          It only takes a tiny particle. It can live in ice and temp of -32 degrees c. It becomes airborne if someone has vomited. You can catch it eating out.
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