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New Brunswick health officials advise precaution as norovirus circulates

Running to the toilet? Here's what you need to know about norovirus. Getty Images

Norovirus is circulating in New Brunswick according to health officials, and residents are being encouraged to take precautions.

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Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s acting chief medical officer of health, said the norovirus is a common cause of gastrointestinal illness and can cause “unpleasant symptoms” in a healthy person, but it can be serious for those with weakened immune systems.

“Since norovirus can be easily spread, if you or your family are experiencing symptoms it is important you stay home from work and keep your children home from school or daycare,” Russell said in a release.

She added that people should remain at home for a minimum of 48 hours – the virus typically appear 24-48 hours after you become infected and last eight to 12 hours. It normally takes about 48 hours to recover.

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Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Health officials advise people to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water. They advise people who are sick or are taking care of an ill person to regularly clean surfaces such as doorknobs, washroom fixtures and other commonly touched surfaces.

Officials also say those who operate businesses involved in food preparation are also advised to have staff wash their hands, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to disinfect and sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched.

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