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Health Department says stomach flu in NM

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The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating multiple outbreaks of norovirus around the state.

The department is recommending precautions be taken, especially around the very young, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

The state news release indicates that norovirus is often called the “stomach flu” and is spread easily from person to person. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the virus can be spread by people, contaminated food or water, or contaminated surfaces.

The best way to prevent norovirus spread is frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizer is not effective against norovirus.

People developing symptoms are advised by the Health Department to stay home if possible and to contact their healthcare provider before seeking medical care so as not to expose others in the waiting room. Where possible, don’t go to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms have completely gone away.

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People without a medical provider who have other questions can contact the Department of Health through the Epidemiology and Response Division in Santa Fe at the 24/7 phone number, 505-827-0006.

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