Norovirus detected in Okeechobee

Norovirus detected in Okeechobee County, according to the Florida Dept. of Health. (CDC)

The Florida Department of Health is asking people to be vigilant after detecting positive samples of the contagious Norovirus in Okeechobee County.

Experts say it can cause inflammation of the stomach or intestines. The symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, body aches and a headache. The virus can stay in your body for 2 weeks even after you feel better.

The Health Department's website says you can get Norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

The best way to prevent Norovirus is to wash your hands and clean your areas.

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