Utah County Health Department dealing with two highly contagious illnesses

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PROVO, Utah (News4Utah) — The Alpine School District in Utah County is dealing with a norovirus outbreak.

The problem serious enough to prompt the Utah County Health Department to take action. A letter was sent to parents, faculty, and staff alerting them of the highly contagious virus is spreading in two cities in the Alpine School District and to be on the lookout for symptoms. 

Cases can be hard to track but the Utah County Health Department says at least five elementary schools and one high school in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain have reported cases of the norovirus.

“That may just be the tip of the iceberg,” said Laura Guerra, RN with Utah County Health Department. 
  
The health department says students and staff have fallen ill.

Symptoms include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Fever

“If you have had these symptoms don’t prepare food or go out in crowds or go to school for at least three days after diarrhea stops,” said Guerra. 

Health officials also worry about kids who are sick could pass it on to other siblings and family members.

There is no vaccine for the norovirus. If you do get sick, health officials say there’s no treatment but drink plenty of water and stay home. 

The Utah County Health Department is dealing with another health concern. Cases of pertussis or whooping cough are on the rise.

The health department is reporting double the cases from last year at 65 cases of pertussis versus 35 cases at the same time last year. 2017 saw a total of 70.  You can get vaccinated against pertussis.

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