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Norovirus Cases On The Rise In Yellowstone National Park

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in a January weekly report that norovirus had taken a stronghold in the US, with numbers of cases rising. The virus, which is associated with flu-like symptoms and causes uncontrollable vomiting, has in fact been showing its ugly face in schools, on cruise ships and around other public places in recent months.

Now, a new report from the National Park Service has declared that the highly-contagious norovirus has shown up in two of America’s premier national parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

NPS officials warned visitors on Wednesday about the illness after at least 200 people have been sickened with the bug since the beginning of the tourist season. The warning advises park visitors to wash their hands thoroughly to help keep the virus from spreading. The warning also requires businesses to increase cleaning and disinfection of all public areas and also asks potentially infected park workers to isolate themselves until they are symptom-free of the virus for at least 72 hours.

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