Health officials are following an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus in one local county.

The Pitt County Health Department has confirmed a norovirus outbreak in at least one facility in the county. The Health Department is investigating reports of similar illnesses at other facilities. The NC Division of Public Health also reports numerous norovirus outbreaks recently across the state.

Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and tiredness. It is a very common illness in the winter and spreads very easily from person to person.

Norovirus is usually not a serious illness, and most people get better within a few days.