In a follow-up on the gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreak in Yolo County, California schools, The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency now reports over 952 students, teachers and staff are sick with stomach cramps, vomiting and/or diarrhea in schools throughout the county.
The number of sick people is increasing every day at a very alarming rate. The outbreak has been identified and confirmed by specimen testing to be the Norovirus which is highly contagious.
Norovirus is the leading cause of outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in the U.S., and it spreads quickly. Norovirus spreads by contact with an infected person, by touching a contaminated surface, eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Norovirus particles can even float through the air and then settle on surfaces, spreading contamination. Norovirus particles are extremely small and billions of them are in the stool and vomit of infected people. Any vomit or diarrhea may contain Norovirus and should be treated as though it does. People can transfer Norovirus to others for at least three days after being sick