12/13/2013 - State Health Department Forecasts Arrival of Seasonal Stomach Bug

Data suggests an increase in norovirus

Statewide surveillance data monitored by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) indicate that norovirus is arriving in Virginia just in time for the holidays.

Commonly referred to as “the stomach flu,” norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Norovirus circulates throughout the year in Virginia; however, illness typically increases during the winter months.

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