Utah County Health Dept. warns parents of norovirus outbreak at several schools


UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah)- A stomach bug has hit multiple schools in Utah County, health officials said Wednesday.

The virus, called norovirus, is very infectious and can affect a large group of people in a short amount of time.

On Wednesday the Utah County Health Dept. sent out a letter to parents warning them of the spread.

“This letter is to inform you that an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has occurred in several schools nearby the school your child attends,” the letter stated. “If your child has any of the symptoms of norovirus, we ask that you do not send him/her to school until 72 hours after vomiting and diarrhea have ended. Even if they just have an upset stomach, please keep them home while they are feeling ill, as it is possible that they may vomit while at school.”

According to a fact sheet provided by the health dept., symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Most people begin to have symptoms within 1 to 2 days, but some can become sick as early as 10 hours.

Health officials say there is no specific treatment available. They recommend people drink plenty of clear fluids. 

“Persons with norovirus usually recover within 2 to 3 days without serious or long-term health effects. Even though the virus is easy to spread, serious illness rarely occurs,” the letter stated.

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