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Snohomish County Health District seeks information on Norovirus-like illnesses

Snohomish Health District seeks information on norovirus symptoms

From a Snohomish Health District News Release.

After voluntary closure, Altitude Trampoline Park reopened Wednesday, March 15th.

Following reports of individuals being sickened with Norovirus-like symptoms over the weekend, the Snohomish Health District activated a temporary call center.

The call center was staffed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm through Friday, March 17th.

RESOURCE: Norovirus Facts (from Public Health – Seattle & King County).

Norovirus is a disease that spreads quickly, oftentimes mistakenly called the stomach flu. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

The virus causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting because your stomach, intestines or both get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). Symptoms include:

  • A sudden onset of illness, usually 24-48 hours after exposure
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Headaches, chills, a low-grade fever, muscle aches and tiredness
  • Symptoms lasting for 1-2 days

While it’s not considered a reportable condition, we do follow up on cases of gastrointestinal illnesses like norovirus when they might be part of a larger outbreak,” said Nancy Furness, director of the Snohomish Health District’s communicable disease division.

 “Schools, daycares and other places where large numbers of children play—like trampoline parks—can be prime spots for the germs spread quickly.”

Health District staff has reached out to Altitude Trampoline Park as a resource and to offer assistance as needed. David Jones was notified that the business voluntarily closed for thorough cleaning on Tuesday, March 14.

David Jones at Altitude Trampoline stated that “our customers are our highest priority and we voluntarily closed to ensure the facility received an extra cleaning. The facility is cleaned on a daily basis but yesterday’s cleaning was an extra measure of that. Our staff have also been provided additional training on proper protocols for cleaning.

The Communicable Disease division will be monitoring reports made to the Health District to see whether these cases may be part of a larger outbreak.

Parents or ill individuals are encouraged to contact their health care providers for persistent symptoms or questions.

There are no specific drugs or vaccines to treat or prevent norovirus. However, taking the following precautions will help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  • Do not prepare food for others while sick.
  • Keep children with symptoms home from school or child care, and notify them of the illness.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a solution of bleach and water.
  • Wash all clothes and linens soiled by vomit or fecal matter immediately.

The Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.

To read more about the District and for important health information, visit www.snohd.org.

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