(Des Moines) Five unidentified Iowa Counties have reported cases of norovirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says they have received 8-reports of medium to large outbreaks of probable stomach virus. The symptoms include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. The illness usually begins 24 to 48 hours after exposure and lasts one to two days. The IDPH says three groups of people became ill after eating at a restaurant where several food handlers had also been sick. Outbreaks were also associated with events like holiday parties and holiday potlucks.
State Medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says if a person has had any stomach illness, he or she should not prepare food of any kind for others until 48 hours have passed since his or her recovery.
December 26, 2011