By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Norovirus has reared its ugly head once again. The illness, also known as the Norwalk Virus, is a gastro-intestinal bug that is common this time of year.

“There have been outbreaks of norovirus in long-term care facilities,” said Kris Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division of the Minnesota Health Department.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports

Some schools also have reported a wave of absences due to the illness.

Symptoms of norovirus include abdominal cramping and pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It affects people of all ages, but is especially dangerous for infants because of the risk of dehydration.

Norovirus is very contagious.

“If you are sick or you have been sick you want to avoid food preparation for the duration of your illness,” said Ehresmann, adding the best weapons against norovirus are soap and water. “Hand-washing is an excellent way to limit the spread of many diseases, especially the norovirus.”

As for the seasonal flu, Ehresmann says it’s been a relatively quiet season so far in Minnesota. It often does not peak until late January or early February.

Comments (14)
  1. Andrew says:

    Noro is tricky because you are actually contagious a day or so AFTER YOU FEEL FINE. I caught it twice when moms brought in kids who were sick for a day, felt run down a day, then were fine, but were still spreading virus all over the place.

  2. Judy says:

    Not that you’d want to panic Dennis’ sisters or anything, but you could explain that the reason you are going to sunny Cancun, where an outbreak of something or other took place in 2009 or 2010, is that the Twin Cities has now been identified as the location from which we need to flee. Alas, we need to get the hell out of Dodge on commercial, not private, transport. Oh well, any port in a storm/illness outbreak!

  3. Cheryl says:

    I was actually told you can be contagious up to 4 days after you’ve had symptoms of the virus.

  4. TERRY says:


  5. Nancy Aleshire says:

    I wish they could come up with a vaccine for this virus. Getting the seasonal flu shot does not protect you from the norovirus or other respiratory ailments. These gastrointestinal ailments are not the flu (although people call it that all the time). What people don’t realize when they come to work sick is who they might be infecting. My son has Crohns and almost died because someone showed up at his workplace with strep throat and he got streptococcal pneumonia. So please stay home and rest.

  6. Mike says: states “People with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill to at least 3 days and perhaps for as long as 2 weeks after recovery, making control of this disease even more difficult.”

  7. yas says:

    wow my kids have been trading off vomiting for a month after going to urgent cares and the ER there answer is ct scan and anxiety i have not heard noroviris from schools or doctors Just GOOGLe guess i’ll be calling doc

  8. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Getting sick after visiting a clinic is quite common. I wish doctors would return to the days of making house calls. I guess the only one getting sick then was the doctor. Of course they didn’t have the measles, mumps, and chicken pox shots back then during the fifties and sixties.

  9. Tanya says:

    So is this a virus that once you get it, are unlikely to contract it again for a while? I just had a stomach virus, and so did my 2 year old and am thinking my husband is probably coming down with it tonight… just waiting for our 13 year old and 1 year old twins now… or do families just keep giving it to each other? It is especially difficult in our family with the 2 year old and the 1 year old babies since they mouth EVERYTHING and no amount of hand washing and Purell seems to keep us healthy. Everytime we come home from ECFE, 2 days later, we are sick and missing another week.

  10. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Maybe this is a point in favor of holding off putting your child in school until first grade (when you are required by law to do so). On the other hand exposing children to other kids and their ailments at early ages can give them a chance to build up an immunity to various diseases.

  11. V C says:

    Please see for up to date, no monkey-business, helpful and extremely important information.
    Had NV this week needed Potassium due to dehydration. People, hand-sanitizers do not work with this virus unless they are chlorine based.
    Ask your doctor, ask your Health Dept, but please ask and let’s get control of this virus.

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