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New Albany healthcare facility taking precautions to contain norovirus

Management at a New Albany healthcare facility is taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 11:34 AM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 9:29 AM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Management at a New Albany healthcare facility is taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Several cases of norovirus have been confirmed at New Albany Health and Rehab, according to the facility's medical director, Dr. Stephen Shirley.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People of all ages can get infected and sick with norovirus.

It can spread to others by having direct contact with an infected person, as well as through contaminated food, liquids and surfaces.

Access to some patients is limited at the facility, and some patients are restricted to their rooms.

Norovirus' most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

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