Norovirus Outbreak In Virginia

8:51 AM, Mar 3, 2011   |    comments
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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- More than 100 cases of norovirus have been reported in the New River Valley recently.

A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health's New River district told The Roanoke Times that it's the region's worst outbreak of the gastrointestinal virus in about four years.

Spokesman Bobby Parker says health officials believe the virus is under-reported because many who become ill tend to get well on their own without seeing a doctor or being tested.

Parker says norovirus is common at this time of year and is "very contagious."

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