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Cases of Norovirus confirmed at Blessing Hospital

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

We're all aware of the flu and about its spread across the country. But, now the CDC has issued a warning against the spread of a new strain of norovirus.

Norovirus, often referred to as the stomach flu, is already starting to pop up in the Tri-States with confirmed cases at Blessing Hospital.

(Click here to learn more about Norovirus from the Center for Disease Control web site.)

"Diarrhea, nausea, headache, fever and most of the time people that become ill with the norovirus, they are violently ill," said Tony Dede with the Adams County Health Department.

Dede says one way the virus can spread is through eating food that is contaminated with it.

"If you're sick and you're having diarrhea, vomiting and you think it's the norovirus, it really doesn't matter," said Dede. "If you're having those symptoms, somebody else should take over the food preparation for a few more days."

Food preparation is something Hy-Vee Kitchen Manager David Liggett deals with on a daily basis.  But, Liggett says he and his staff are taking extra precautions, especially at this time of year.

"There's so many diseases and bacteria that can be spread, simply by touch and hand washing is our biggest line of defense," said Liggett.

Liggett says they also have a plan of attack if they notice a sick customer going through the buffet line.

"If we do see that, we do pull the food right away and dispose of it," said Liggett. "We won't keep it on hand. Sales are a great thing to worry about, but safety is more important."

Officials with the Adams County Health Department say there's no vaccine to prevent the infection and there's no antibiotics to help it go away. You simply have to wait until your symptoms subside which could last a couple days.

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