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New strain of norovirus may have hit Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW) -- A new strain of norovirus first seen in Australia has spread across the world, and Wisconsin doctors say it could now be making an impact in Northeast Wisconsin.

Since the new Sydney strain is different than the virus seen in past years, there is concern among some health officials that many people might not be able to easily fight off its gut-wrenching side effects.

Doctors at Prevea Health told WBAY in Green Bay they estimate their clinics have been seeing patients with symptoms of the norovirus about twice a day.

"Norovirus can be life threatening," said Dr. Bobby Yun. "It is one of the most common, probably the most important, viral Gastroenteritis for adults and older children."

Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea or vomiting, nausea, fever, headaches and muscle pains.

"What can you do to prevent it(norovirus) are your typical preventative measures: hand washing, constant hand washing. And the main thing is containment." said Dr. Yun.

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