Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province.
Doctor David Torr is the Consulting Medical Health Officer for the southwest area with The Saskatchewan Health Authority. He explains what Norovirus is. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system. It gives very, very rapid onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And this goes on for like twenty four to forty eight hours for most people. It can take longer for some."
Norovirus is highly contagious and hand sanitizers are not effective in killing that virus.
Doctor Torr says that Norovirus should not be confused with Influenza. While Norovirus is intestinal, Influenza is respiratory.
He adds that we are just getting into the Influenza season and there has been a spike of cases across the province.
If you are sick with either illness, you should stay home and practice frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and hot water.