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Norovirus Cases Continue to Climb in the U.S., Especially in the Northeast

The CDC reports a rise in norovirus cases in the country, particularly in the Northeast, with over 12% of tests coming back positive for the week ending February 17. This highly contagious virus causes gastrointestinal symptoms, and outbreaks are common in late fall, winter, and early spring.


While the current rates are lower than the same period last season, the CDC emphasizes that norovirus causes 19-21 million illnesses annually, often in crowded settings. The CDC advises handwashing, proper food preparation, and avoiding contaminated surfaces to prevent the spread of norovirus. Read more from CNN here.