DHEC Links Stomach Illnesses at Schools to Norovirus

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Recent gastrointestinal illnesses at North Myrtle Beach Elementary School in Horry County has been linked to Norovirus infection, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced.


"DHEC laboratory testing confirmed the presence of Norovirus," said Jerry Gibson, M.D., director of DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control. "Our best advice to protect yourself and your family against the spread of disease continues to be to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and for parents to keep their children home from school if they are sick. It's also important to remember that many gastrointestinal illnesses like Norovirus can cause dehydration, especially in young children and the elderly. Therefore, it's important to drink plenty of fluids when sick to avoid dehydration."

Dr. Gibson said that Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause gastrointestinal illness that are highly infectious and easily transmitted. Among the ways to prevent illness can include:

  • Wash your hands frequently and well. Use soap and water and a clean, disposable cloth, if possible, for drying your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.