The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says they have received several reports of norovirus outbreaks from long-term care facilities, something they say is an indicator of circulation among the public as well.
The department warns that norovirus, or what is commonly referred to as the stomach bug, spreads quickly and easily.
Common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and body aches. Officials say the illness usually presents itself within 12-48 hours after exposure and lasts one to three days.
Dr. Joseph Acierno, director of Public Health for DHHS, says staying hydrated is key. He says young children and the elderly can more easily become dehydrated and should be watched carefully.
The health department offered the following tips to aid in prevention:
The department advises additional caution for people working in child care centers or schools as these environments lend themselves to quick spreading of the virus.