The number of norovirus cases in the Yolo County outbreak now tips the scales at 2091, according to county spokeswoman Beth Gabor via an ABC 10 report Wednesday evening. This is a more thn doubling of cases in less than a week and affects more than 60 percent of the schools.
The outbreak’s tentacles have now reached neighboring Sacramento County who started an investigation of suspected cases on May 5. Maria Lopez, spokeswoman for Sacramento City Unified, said the district has recorded between 150 to 200 suspicious student cases so far at 28 schools, according to the Sacramento Bee.
While Sacramento County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Samantha Mott did not have a countywide case count, she said six school districts in the county had suspected cases as Sacramento City, San Juan, Elk Grove, Twin Rivers and Natomas and Elverta Joint Elementary School District.
Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.
The symptoms include nausea,vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever,chills,headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days.
In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.
Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.
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