Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services say they have seen an increase of norovirus activity throughout the state. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Norovirus is extremely contagious and there are many ways to contract it. The CDC says that it can be picked up by having direct contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food and/or water and touching contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth.

Here are some tips from the CDC on how to protect yourself from getting norovirus:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop

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