Norovirus found in Weld County nursing homes

GREELEY, Colo. - Weld County health officials report at least five outbreaks of Norovirus this year, with most occurring in nursing homes.

Erik Aakko of the county's health department says four cases of the ailment involve multiple people in nursing homes and one case was related to a family gathering.

Aakko tells The Greeley Tribune  that the health department would not release the names of the nursing homes where the outbreaks have occurred.

Norovirus is a highly contagious bug that is the leading cause of outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in the United States.

Last year, Weld County had a total of eight outbreaks of the virus, with seven of the outbreaks occurring at long-term care facilities.

"This is not an unusually high amount we’re seeing this year," Aakko told the newspaper.

Aakko said if someone comes down with the illness, it’s important the person disinfect surfaces they use, wash their hands and don’t prepare food.

He said it can take several days to clear someone’s system and the virus can remain present for several weeks.

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