Health officials with the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that last week’s number of outpatient visits for acute gastroenteritis reached a record high after four years.

Taiwan map/CIA
Taiwan map/CIA

So far in 2015, a total of 24 viral gastroenteritis clusters have occurred. The majority of the clusters were caused by norovirus and rotavirus.

On Monday, there was a report of 120 people reporting diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms of norovirus at The Hoya Resort Hotel at Wuling Farm.

Today, two employees at the Central Taiwan resort tested positive for norovirus G-II .

The CDC reminds the public that the long weekend for the 228 holiday coming up and the public is urged to pay additional attention to personal and dietary hygiene. Hotel and restaurant workers, including chefs and kitchen staff, are advised to stay home and rest when experiencing discomfort. Additionally, hotel and restaurant workers are also urged to maintain environmental cleanliness at all times.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritisstomach 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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