The Calhoun County Health Department has issued a warning about the rise of Norovirus in our area.

Norovirus is an illness that can cause symptoms of nausea, stomach cramps, fever, headache and others. Norovirus symptoms typically last one to three days, with symptoms appearing roughly 24 hours after exposure. Even though it's commonly called the "stomach flu", it's not actually an influenza virus, and is completely unrelated.

Norovirus is spread through food, person-to-person contact, and contaminated surfaces, that might have come in contact with a person sick with the illness. The best way to treat the illness is to weather the storm, and drink enough fluids.

The Calhoun County Health Department says that the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to wash your hands thoroughly, and clean surfaces that might have come in contact with the virus with a bleach-based cleaner. As well, avoid contact with others while you're contagious, and avoid cooking for others if you're feeling sick.

Since there has been a rise in Norovirus infections in Calhoun County, the Health Department is keeping an eye on suspected infections. If you have questions, go to the CDC's Website or contact the Health Department.