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Probable norovirus outbreak in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton Franklin Health District is looking into outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis in two area nursing homes. They say the outbreaks have happened in the past week and several families have complained of similar symptoms.

Dr. Larry Jecha, the Benton Franklin Health District Officer says, "Norovirus illnesses are at best uncomfortable for a few days, and at worst can be deadly." Jecha also explains, "People usually begin with sudden vomiting, and then have diarrhea with cramps and nausea. It's important to drink plenty of fluid because dehydration is a read danger."

The best way to prevent norovirus is to wash your hands often and if you are sick, stay home. Most people recover within 48 to 72 hours.