Noro-like virus hits Southmoor Elementary School, Denver County, bordering counties

DENVER - Denver Public Health said it is investigating a possible outbreak of a Noro-like virus.

The illness was first reported at Southmoor Elementary School. However, Denver Public Health said there are  additional cases that have been reported outside of school in Denver County, as well as in bordering counties.

"Norovirus is a contagious stomach virus that affects child and adults and causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within 24-72 hours of exposure," officials said in a news release. "The illness can last about 2-3 days and most cases improve on their own. People with chronic health issues that weaken their immune system are at higher risk of serious illness from a Noro-like virus."

To prevent the spread of a Noro-like virus community members are encouraged to:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Using soap and water, rub hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying with a clean towel. Hand sanitizer is not effective against a Noro-like virus.
  • Specifically, wash your hands often if you are around food, about to eat, after helping any sick family members and after using the bathroom.
  • Disinfect surfaces by mixing one cup of household chlorine bleach with nine cups of cool water. Focus on bathrooms, bathtubs, toilets and commonly touched areas such as handrails and doorknobs. Don’t mix this bleach solution with other household cleaners.
  • If you are sick, stay home for a minimum of 2-3 days after symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have ended. This will protect others from getting sick.

People affected by the illness should contact their physician if symptoms worsen and the fever doesn’t go down using fluids, ibuprofen or Tylenol.