The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued an advisory about norovirus cases.  So far, in 2010, there have been 17 reported outbreaks of the norovirus in Rhode Island.  However, as is customary in the winter months, there has been an uptick in cases since November.  Norovirus is one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis oubreaks.

It is spread when people do not properly wash their hands.  Symptoms can last for up to two days, and include:

* Fever

* Chills

* Aches

* Nausea

* Diarrhea

* Cramps

People who come down with norovirus are advised to stay home from work until the symptoms stop.