Australian stomach virus outbreak in San Luis Obispo County
December 27, 2012
All three outbreaks, two of which occurred in restaurants and one in a long-term care facility, were caused from a new strain of the Norovirus from Australia, GII strain. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and body aches.
The highly contagious virus is spread through contact with infected people, consuming infected foods or touching infected surfaces. Health officials are asking those who are infected to stay home as they are still contagious for a time after symptoms have subsided.
Each Year Norovirus infections cause an estimated 21 million illnesses in the United States, and 70,000 hospitalizations.