News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Greater Akron Chamber

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Health and Medicine

Norovirus hits Ohio hard
The stomach bug can be prevented by good hygiene, but health officials say outbreaks could continue through February

Bill Cohen
Health experts advise people who get the intestinal flu to keep washing their hands because even 3 days after their symptoms go away, the germs can still be spread.
Courtesy of CDC
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Influenza isn’t the only flu virus that’s hitting Ohio hard this winter. There’s also an intestinal flu bug called the noro-virus. Ohio health officials measure seriousness of the problem by counting the outbreaks --- an outbreak is defined as two or more people who probably caught the virus from the same source.

Tess Pollock of the Ohio Department of Health says – so far, the norovirus in Ohio seems to be just a little worse this winter, compared to last.

Bill Cohen talks to ODH's Tess Pollock

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:41)

“From October through January of last season, there were 24 outbreaks throughout the state. This season, we’ve seen 31 outbreaks throughout the state. What’s going to be really telling is the next month," Pollack says. "Last year, there were 24 outbreaks in February alone, so whether or not that will hold true again this year, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

She says the severity of the virus varies, though most people don't end up in the hospital."For most people, ... it’s a shorter bug. It’s often called the stomach bug, which kind of makes you ill for about 24 hours, maybe up to three days.”

As with other viruses, this one hits the young, old and frail harder. And the symptoms are not pleasant.

"It’s often referred to as the stomach bug, so that can include diarrhea, it can include vomiting, it can include fever and chills as well. So it’s very important that you’re washing your hands if you are ill.
"Even after you (are) feeling better, continue to practice good hygiene. Most often this virus can be spread up to three days after your symptoms subside. So it’s important that if you’re preparing food for your family or for other people – especially in a restaurant setting – that you not touch food if you have been ill or stay home.”

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Ohio Sen. Tom Patton proposes bill for firefighter cancer benefits
Thank you Senator Patton. On behalf of all of those who love our firefighters; we appreciate that someone is standing up for them and their continued health. ??...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University