Michigan's Health and Human Services department has identified increases in norovirus activity, which often peaks during the winter. Health officials in Michigan are warning that the virus known for causing vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping is making its rounds.

Norovirus is a very contagious. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. You can get norovirus from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person
  • Consuming contaminated food or water
  • Touching contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth

The viruses also can cause low-grade fever, headache, weakness and muscle aches. Symptoms can begin as early as 12 hours after exposure to the virus or as late as 72 hours. Symptoms typically last one to three days but have been known to linger longer. The state says that in most cases, ill individuals fully recover without medical attention.

Here is how to protect yourself and others from norovirus:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop