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New strain of norovirus confirmed

April 16, 2010
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ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that test samples submitted by the Lousiana Department of Health and Hospitals contain a new strain of norovirus, according to the Associated Press.
The new strain, which acts similarly to other strains of norovirus in that it is transferred from person to person, is responsible for roughly 50 percent of recent norovirus outbreaks nationwide, the story stated.
The recently identified norovirus strain, GII.4 New Orleans, includes the city''s name because the first confirmed samples came from there, the story noted.
As always the CDC recommends people wash their hands thoroughly before consuming or preparing food and after using the toilet, the story added.
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