7 test positive for norovirus at Nevada Co. nursing homes

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. - More than 100 people at nursing facilities in western Nevada County showed symptoms of norovirus, and seven tested positive for the illness over a 41-day period spanning from Feb. to March.

Tex Ritter of Nevada County Public Health confirmed a report onYubaNet.com that residents and staff of numerous nursing facilities displayed symptoms associated with Norovirus, includingbouts of vomiting and diarrhea.

According to the YubaNet report, "Samples from 14 individuals were sent for testing and 7 were positive for norovirus. No other germs were identified."

No reports of hospitalization or death were mentioned in association with the norovirus cases, and most of those afflicted were better within one to two days, according to YubaNet.

The first reported case was received on Feb. 5 and the last on Mar.18, per YubaNet.

According to Nevada County Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler, Norovirus outbreaks are common in group settings, such as a nursing facility.

The specific nursing facilities where people fell ill were not listed.


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