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.