CARTERET COUNTY - County officials warned that norovirus may be causing illness in the east.
The Carteret County Health Department got reports that some residents are becoming ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. Norovirus may be the cause.
Norovirus is spread person-to-person or by contact with contaminated surfaces. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. The illness often starts suddenly -- usually 24 to 48 hours after getting the virus.
Some simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of the illness include washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Hand sanitizers are not as effective against norovirus. Also, clean up vomit and diarrhea using a household cleaner with bleach. It is recommended that you stay home when you're sick, and don't prepare food for at least 48 hours after getting sick.