• Severe vomiting and diarrhea? You could have this virus.
  • This highly contagious virus is spread person-to-person and through infected food preparation surfaces.

If it seems like everyone around you is sick right now, it's not your imagination. With a wide array of contagious respiratory viruses currently making the rounds across the state, it may seem like everyone is suffering the symptoms of everything from a cold to the Virus That Shall Not Be Named.

But respiratory illness isn't the only sickness plaguing us right now. A new virus is spreading rapidly across Arizona.

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The New Virus Making the Rounds in Arizona

Arizona is currently dealing with the resurgence of a highly contagious virus. According to the Mayo Clinic, this virus spreads easily from one infected person to another. It's often circulated through food or water that's been contaminated during preparation.

Norovirus is making people sick across the state of Arizona.
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are common symptoms of norovirus. // Canva

According to the CDC, norovirus causes around 900 deaths across the United States every year, mainly in older adults who are 65 and older.

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Norovirus is making people sick across the state of Arizona.
Rest and fluids are the best medicine for the average person experiencing norovirus symptoms. // Canva

Norovirus infections are on the move, and they're highly contagious. They can start suddenly and cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. You might hear people referring to norovirus as the “stomach flu,” but since the influenza virus doesn't cause norovirus, it's not a "flu."

Who is Most at Risk with Norovirus?

Everyone is at risk of contracting norovirus, and the good news is that most people recover in one to three days.

Norovirus is making people sick across the state of arizona.
Clear broth, liquids, and sports drinks are the best ways to stay hydrated while you're sick. // Canva

During that time, it's best to focus on staying hydrated with water, sports beverages, or simple broths since dehydration through fluid loss is one of the biggest worries when fighting this illness. Handwashing is especially important to prevent others from getting sick.

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How to Treat Norovirus and How to Prevent the Spread

Most people recover completely, but this virus can particularly impact young children, older adults, and people with other medical conditions. Severe dehydration can be life-threatening and require medical intervention.

Norovirus is making people sick across the state of Arizona.
Elderly and young children are at a higher risk for dehydration when fighting norovirus. // Canva

Especially with those most at risk, watch for signs of dehydration and contact a doctor or medical professional as soon as possible.

Norovirus is making people sick across the state of Arizona.
IV fluids may be necessary for someone who becomes extremely dehydrated. // Canva

Antibiotics don't work on norovirus - or any virus - so the best course of action is rest, fluids, and time.

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