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Possible Norovirus Outbreak in Moses Lake

— Moses Lake WA

The Grant County Health District in Moses Lake are currently investigating a possible Norovirus at a long-time care facility in Moses Lake. The Health District stayed “there is a potential for more cases to occur”.

The Grant County Health District sent out a notice at 3:00 pm pst about the investigation and possible outbreak

What is the Norovirus?

The Norovirus is a single strand virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by physical contact with a person who is infected with the virus or by touching or consuming materials or food/liquids that were recently touched by a person affected with the virus.

When do symptoms occur? What are the symptoms?

Symptoms for the Norovirus start between on average between 12 and 48 hours after being exposed.

Symptoms include:

• Low-grade fever.

• Chills.

• Headache.

• Muscle aches.

• Fatigue.

How can I avoid contracting the virus?

Use bleach and water. You can catch norovirus from contaminated surfaces, and many disinfectants won't kill it. ... The CDC recommends a solution that contains anywhere from 5 to 25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water. For temporary use, Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a great alternative to washing your hands if you have no access to soap and water, your hands are not visibly soiled and you understand that it does not kill germs such as MRSA, salmonella, e. Coli, and norovirus.

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