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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Montrose County Health and Human Services Works on Controlling Norovirus Like Illness Outbreak

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Montrose, COLO.— Montrose County Health and Human Services is working to help control norovirus like illness outbreak that has increased in the past few weeks.  The majority of the reported cases are occurring in a local elementary school.  Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread quickly in settings where people come in close contact with each other such as schools, childcare centers, and summer camps.

“One of the most effective tools against spreading illness is washing your hands,” said Linda Vandehey, Montrose County Public Health Nurse and Communicable Disease Specialist.  “While the exact cause of this outbreak is still unknown, at this time the best protection is proper hand washing and food preparation.”

Most norovirus cases do not require medical care and may go undiagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 19-21 million norovirus cases each year in the U.S. Additionally, CDC estimates that norovirus contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths each year in the U.S. Fortunately, norovirus illnesses are usually self-limiting and resolve with supportive care.  If an individual is exhibiting vomiting and/or diarrhea symptoms, please stay home from work or school 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped. 

Norovirus causes acute vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. While most people with norovirus get better within 1 to 3 days, the virus can make a person feel extremely ill with vomiting and diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults and people with other illnesses. Symptoms of dehydration include decreased urination, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up. Children who are dehydrated may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy. It is important that children with norovirus stay well- hydrated.

The best ways to stop the spread of norovirus is to properly wash hands and handle food safely. Infected people should stay at home and avoid caring for or preparing food for other people until at least 48 hours after symptoms have ended. Surfaces and objects in contact with vomit or diarrhea should be washed with soap and hot water, and disinfected with a bleach solution or washed in a washing machine with detergent. Wear gloves and wash hands carefully after any contact with contaminated objects.

For more information on norovirus, please visit the CDPHE infectious disease guidelines or the CDC norovirus website.  For questions or to report a case, please contact Montrose County Health and Human Services at 970-252-5000.

(https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/infectious-disease-guidelines) (https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html)

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PARA LA LIBERACION INMEDIATA mayo 15, 2019

Contacto: Katie Yergensen, Gerente de relaciones con los medios del Condado de Montrose

kyergensen@montrosecounty.net, (970) 252-4505 o (970) 964-8701

 

Montrose County salud y servicios humanos trabaja en el control de

El brote de enfermedad como norovirus


Montrose, COLO. — El departamento de servicios humanos y de salud del Condado de Montrose están trabajando para ayudar a controlar el norovirus como un brote de enfermedad que ha aumentado en las últimas semanas.  La mayoría de los casos reportados están ocurriendo en una escuela primaria local.  El norovirus es altamente contagioso y puede propagarse rápidamente en entornos donde las personas entran en contacto estrecho entre sí, como escuelas, centros de cuidado de niños y campamentos de verano.

 "Una de las herramientas más efectivas contra la propagación de enfermedades es lavarse las manos", dijo Linda Vandehey, enfermera de salud pública del Condado de Montrose y especialista en enfermedades transmisibles.  "Aunque todavía se desconoce la causa exacta de este brote, en este momento la mejor protección es el lavado de manos y la preparación de alimentos ."

 La mayoría de los casos de norovirus no requieren atención médica y pueden ir sin diagnosticar. Los centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades (CDC) estiman que hay 19-21 millones de casos de norovirus cada año en los Estados Unidos.   Adicionalmente, los CDC estiman que el norovirus contribuye a 56000-71000 hospitalizaciones y 570-800 muertes cada año en los Estados Unidos. Afortunadamente, las enfermedades del norovirus suelen ser autolimitantes y resolverse con atención de apoyo.  Si un individuo está exhibiendo vómitos y/o síntomas de diarrea, por favor permanezca en casa del trabajo o de la escuela 48 horas después de que los síntomas se hayan detenido. 

 

El norovirus causa vómitos agudos, diarrea, náuseas y calambres estomacales. Mientras que la mayoría de las personas con norovirus mejoran en 1 a 3 días, el virus puede hacer que una persona se sienta muy enferma con vómitos y diarrea muchas veces al día. Esto puede conducir a la deshidratación, especialmente en niños pequeños, adultos mayores y personas con otras enfermedades. Los síntomas de la deshidratación incluyen disminución de la micción, sequedad en la boca y la garganta, y sensación de mareo al levantarse. Los niños deshidratados pueden llorar con pocas o ninguna lágrima y ser inusualmente somnolientos o quisquillosos. Es importante que los niños con norovirus estén bien hidratados.

 Las mejores maneras de detener la propagación del norovirus es lavarse correctamente las manos y manipular los alimentos en forma segura. Las personas infectadas deben permanecer en casa y evitar el cuidado o la preparación de alimentos para otras personas hasta al menos 48 horas después de que los síntomas hayan finalizado. Las superficies y los objetos en contacto con el vómito o la diarrea deben lavarse con jabón y agua caliente, y desinfectarse con una solución de lejía o lavarse en una lavadora con detergente. Use guantes y lávese las manos con cuidado después de cualquier contacto con objetos contaminados.

 Para obtener más información sobre el norovirus, visite las pautas de la enfermedad infecciosa de CDPHE o el sitio web del norovirus de los CDC.  Para preguntas o para reportar un caso, por favor comuníquese con el departamento de salud y servicios humanos del Condado de Montrose al 970-252-5000.

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/infectious-disease-guidelines) (https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html)





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