Noroviruses on the rise in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Noroviruses are on the rise in New Mexico with suspected or confirmed cases nearly doubling in the state in 2014, according to health officials.

There have been 49 suspected or confirmed norovirus outbreaks in New Mexico this year, up from 27 in 2013, according to the state Department of Health.

"Once someone has (norovirus), it spreads like wildfire," Dr. Joan Baumbach, deputy state epidemiologist, told the Albuquerque Journal ( ). "You can get norovirus from just a few virus particles. It's just so easy for it to be passed from person to person."

Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. People who are infected may also get a fever or chills and muscle aches.

Health officials say people need to take precautions, especially around the young and elderly.

Protective measures include washing hands often and isolating sick people.

Most people recover within a day or two, but officials say dehydration can be a concern.

Cases at assisted-living facilities and nursing homes make up about two-thirds of the reported outbreaks, the Journal reported. Other cases have occurred at camps, weddings and large events where people congregated.

There is no vaccine or treatment for noroviruses.

However, Baumbach said "it's not as severe and fatal" as many other viral illnesses.

Facilities where suspected outbreaks occur are being urged to contact the Health Department while isolating those who are sickened and making sure to keep sites clean and disinfected.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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