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      Health department says norovirus sickened students

      The virus that sickened Cole County R-1 Elementary and Middle schools has been identified as norovirus.

      The virus that sickened students at Cole County R-1 Elementary and Middle schools last week has been identified as norovirus.

      The Cole County Health Department determined this based on reported symptoms, onset date and time of illness, duration of illness, incubation period of the virus, epidemiological analysis and testing by the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory.

      Norovirus symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramping, and usually lasts for one or two days. Those exhibiting these symptoms should drink plenty of fluids and stay at home until the symptoms are gone.

      The health department emphasized the importance of prevention practices, like hand-washing with soap and water, since there is no vaccine or treatment for norovirus.

      For further information about the disease investigation or norovirus, contact the Cole County Health Department either (573) 636-2181 or colehealth@colecounty.org