Staff reports
April 24, 2005

Carson-Tahoe Hospital has confirmed an outbreak of the stomach ailment Norovirus in Carson City.

Norovirus, though usually not serious, is highly contagious. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever and headache. There is no treatment. The incubation period ranges from 12 to 72 hours, and the illness can last from 12 to 60 hours.

“We want the public to be aware that this virus is in our area,” said Doris Dimmit, C-TH infection control manager

“The virus is transmitted through touch. It is very hearty and very contagious. The most effective way to prevent the spread of Norovirus is frequent and vigorous handwashing. Use soap and warm water and dry with disposable towels.”

The Carson City Health Department has confirmed the presence of Norovirus within Carson Rehabilitation Center, an inpatient facility of Carson-Tahoe Hospital.

Following the recommendation of the health department, Carson Rehabilitation Center will not admit new patients for at least 48 hours.

For more information, call 885-4596.