Rochester, MN  (KROC AM News) -  Olmsted County Public Health Services is reporting an increase in possible cases of norovirus.

Initially, the agency reported it was investigating possible norovirus cases involving customers and employees of two Rochester restaurants, Terza Ristorante  and Wild Bill’s.

Since then, there have been more reports of similar illness from parents, healthcare providers and schools. New investigations involving more restaurants and one school are now underway.  

Public Health says it currently has a total of five investigations at this time. The agency says this level of activity is uncommon and indicates widespread community transmission.

“We say it all the time, but it really is true - washing your hands frequently and thoroughly does help protect from norovirus, and many other illnesses,” says Leah Espinda-Brandt, Disease Prevention and Control Nurse Manager for Olmsted County Public Health Services.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. It can be contracted through an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms usually last 1-2 days but the virus can be passed to other people during a period of several days.


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