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Norovirus-like illness in Terrace and Kitimat

Northern Health says cases of a norovirus-like illness have been reported in Terrace and Kitimat.

Northern Health’s Jonathon Dyck, says cases of the illness have been reported in a camp in Kitimat.

He says there have also been similar cases at two-long term care facilities in Terrace and Kitimat and is circulating those communities.

“At long-term care facilities we can take measures to help prevent the spread of the disease as much as possible. And we are working with the work camp that is affected as well to try and break that cycle.”

Norovirus is highly contagious but can be controlled by proper hygiene , cleaning surfaces and staying home when sick.

Dyck says norovirus causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting but Dyck says the illness is usually not fatal.

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