ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — `Tis the season for giving, but health officials say too many Minnesotans are giving and receiving something nobody wants: the norovirus.
Noroviruses affect the stomach and intestines, leading to vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Other symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headaches and muscle aches. They’re highly contagious, and they’re the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota, infecting thousands of people each year.READ MORE: Authorities In St. Louis County Search For Harry Hart, Missing Man With Dementia
The virus lurks in the stools or vomit of infected people, and makes its way to food, water or surfaces via the hands of infected people who haven’t washed them properly. Uncooked shellfish from contaminated waters can also harbor it.READ MORE: Investigators Say 4 Victims Found In Wisconsin Were Killed In St. Paul
Kirk Smith, food-borne disease supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health, says the season of giving should also be the season of good hand-washing.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: Marginal Risk Of Severe Storms Monday; Big Temp Drop Follows
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