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Norovirus outbreak reported

March 04, 2011
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ROANOKE, VA — The worst outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus in four years has hit the New River Valley, with more than 100 cases of norovirus recently reported, according to The Roanoke Times.

Bobby Parker, spokesman for the New River district of the Virginia Department of Health, said officials got word of increased gastrointestinal illness the week of Feb. 14, the article stated.

After some investigation, officials confirmed several cases of norovirus, the article noted.

According to the article, norovirus, a virus that causes gastrointestinal illness, such as vomiting and diarrhea, is common at this time of year.

It is also considered "self-limiting," meaning that many who fall ill with the virus tend to get sick for a few days and get well on their own without seeing a doctor or being tested, the article added.

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