A nasty virus is moving across the country and cases are spiking here in Minnesota. According to information from the CDC, this virus is frequently (but mistakenly) referred to as the "stomach flu" or "stomach bug." The CDC says that norovirus illness is not related to the flu, which is caused by the influenza virus.

KEYC News published recent data from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester that shows that approximately 10% of individuals tested are testing positive for this virus. Find out how to keep your family healthy, which symptoms to watch out for, and what to do if you get sick below.

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This highly contagious virus doesn't waste any time with symptoms appearing quickly after exposure - usually within 12 to 48 hours. This sickness can last several days to a week.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Catching Norovirus

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Similar to various other illnesses, this virus spreads through contaminated food, surfaces, and close contact with infected individuals. Regular handwashing and surface disinfection are effective measures to protect your family.

If someone in your house is sick, the CDC recommends washing clothing and bedding frequently - "Wash the items with detergent and hot water at the maximum available cycle length and then machine dry them at the highest heat setting."

Norovirus Spiking In Minnesota: Key Signs to Watch For

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According to the Mayo Clinic, norovirus can cause sudden and severe vomiting and diarrhea. Additional symptoms may include stomach pain, cramps, fatigue, fever, and muscle pain.

Dehydration is a significant concern with this virus and can cause additional health problems. Experts advise people with norovirus to drink plenty of liquids to counteract fluid loss due to vomiting and diarrhea.

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