Virus outbreak prompts call for hand washing

<p>With several outbreaks of the highly contagious gastro-intestinal Norovirus, the Calgary Health Region is urging citizens to wash their hands.</p>

 




With several outbreaks of the highly contagious gastro-intestinal Norovirus, the Calgary Health Region is urging citizens to wash their hands.

 




Dr. Judy MacDonald, deputy medical officer of health for the CHR told reporters there have been eight outbreaks of the virus since December in Calgary and surrounding areas.

 




“It’s time to remind people again about the precautions they can take because it’s that time of the year where we’re seeing an increase in the Norovirus,” MacDonald said.

 




MacDonald said there are a few things people can do to protect themselves from getting or spreading the virus.





“Number one is washing your hands and it can’t be emphasized enough. This is a very intense virus and it can be picked up very easily by hands.”





The CHR also want people who are infected to ensure they do not work or go to school until the virus is cleared up for 48 hours.





The eight outbreaks were confirmed in care centres in the region. There have also been three outbreaks reported in schools but they haven’t been confirmed.















Bug’s effects


  • Norovirus, formerly called Norwalk, is an infectious illness of the gastrointestinal system causing severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.


 
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