NJ Sees Jump in Stomach Virus

The virus is on the rise statewide

Monday, Jan 26, 2009  |  Updated 4:18 PM EDT
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NJ Sees Jump in Stomach Virus

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Several counties in New Jersey are reporting a notable increase in the number of patients with symptoms of an acute stomach ailment known as norovirus.

The New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services has also issued a health alert noting that statewide, the virus is on the rise.

Emergency departments in Camden and Willingboro, New Jersey said ““Over the past few days, we’ve definitely been seeing more patients with typical signs of the virus, such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and in some cases, dehydration.”

“Symptoms tend to last anywhere from a day to five days,” Dr. Al Sacchetti said.

The infection is spread primarily through what the state calls “the fecal-oral route, either through direct person-to-person spread, or by consuming food or water contaminated with the virus.”

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