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Be prepared for viruses, health officials warn

Health officials said two of the most common viruses to hit during the winter are norovirus and influenza, or the common flu.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 6:54 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- With recent norovirus cases in multiple school districts, Douglas County health officials are urging people to be prepared ahead of potential virus outbreaks.

Health officials said two of the most common viruses to hit during the winter are norovirus and influenza, or the common flu.

Influenza A, which is passed through human contact, has been seen the most in Oregon this year.

As far as norovirus, they said there hasn’t been any reported cases in Douglas County so far, but they said that doesn’t mean the virus won’t make its way down south.

However, Douglas County has seen multiple norovirus outbreaks in the last few years, which is why they said another outbreak is likely.

“The good news is while there’s no vaccine for norovirus, there is a vaccine for influenza virus,” said Bob Dannenhoffer, the public health officer for Douglas County.

Dannenhoffer said as soon as people start feeling any kind of symptoms, they should stay home. He said both viruses are very contagious, so he doesn’t want people passing them to others.

Experts suggest washing your hands daily and cleaning with bleach to kill any bacteria that carries the virus.

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