Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health announced today that multiple cases of norovirus have been reported in Dutchess County.
"Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can easily infect anyone," said A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, Commissioner. "It is easily spread through contact with people, food, water, or surfaces."
Symptoms of norovirus include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting within 12-48 hours after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms can be more severe for young children, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions. Most people get better within 1-3 days.
While there is no specific medicine to treat norovirus, the Department recommends drinking plenty of liquids to combat dehydration. Common signs of dehydration include thirst, less-frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue, and dizziness. Avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol as these items will increase dehydration. If you become severely dehydrated, contact your doctor immediately.
The Department strongly recommends everyone to do the following actions to decrease their risk of getting norovirus.
If you have questions about norovirus, contact the Communicable Disease Control Division at (845) 486-3402.