Education

Yolo County declares end of norovirus outbreak

Have you ever heard of norovirus?

This short video explains what norovirus is, how it is spread, groups that are at high risk for severe disease and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from getting it. Seniors and young children are vulnerable.
Up Next
This short video explains what norovirus is, how it is spread, groups that are at high risk for severe disease and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from getting it. Seniors and young children are vulnerable.

The norovirus outbreak gripping Yolo County schools has ended, according to county health officials.

The number of people reporting norovirus symptoms – vomiting and diarrhea – declined after school let out for summer, a county press release said. To date, 4,266 students and staff have reported symptoms to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency. That’s 197 more cases since the county last released a total of people affected.

“Yolo County will continue to monitor and support the school systems in their effort to prevent and respond to any suspected cases,” Yolo County Public Health Officer Ron Chapman said in the press release. “People must also remain vigilant with their hand hygiene and recognize the signs and symptoms of norovirus.”

In late May, the county closed preschool and adult programs on the Valley Oak campus in Davis and four schools in Woodland in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Because norovirus is easily transmitted by kids who don’t properly wash their hands, it can spread rapidly wherever kids gather. The Heath and Human Services Agency is reaching out to summer camps and child care centers, urging them to take extra precautions to prevent another outbreak.

No new cases of norovirus have been reported in Sacramento County in the last week, said Samantha Mott, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services. Forty-three schools were affected in the county, but new cases stopped appearing in early June.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

Related stories from Sacramento Bee

  Comments