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Some northeast Nebraska schools report positive cases of norovirus

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WISNER, Neb. (KTIV) - A disease commonly mislabeled as the stomach flu has made its way into the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health District.

According to Health Educator Laura Holtz, some area schools have reported positive cases of norovirus in their district. Holtz says norovirus spreads quickly and easily.

"It causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. You can also experience stomach cramps and head or body aches," Laura Holtz, Health Educator said.

Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services say that while nor virus is commonly called the "stomach flu" it is not actually caused by the influenza virus.

Holtz says typical cases last 24 to 48 hours and can be spread through hand shaking, contaminated surfaces, and when people who have the illness prepare food.

The Elkhorn Valley Public Health Department covers Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton Counties in Nebraska.

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