A new norovirus strain was detected last year in Australia and has reached the United States.
Tuesday, January 29
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds this season, the winter vomiting bug, or the norovirus, is making its rounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. Many people in the Lake Zurich area are reporting the symptoms associated with norovirus, especially families with children. Cases of norovirus tend to increase in late fall and early winter, said Leslie Piotrowski, communications …
The aggregator also shows that in the same six-year period, flu activity typically has peaked in February and March, not in early January, as it happening this season.
Flu season has peaked in Illinois to a level not seen in at least six years, and has peaked earlier than any other flu season except in 2009-10, according to Google.org’s Flu Trends, which boasts that it uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity. Flu Trends shows the intensity level of flu activity at this time is the highest seen in at least six years. The aggregator also shows that in the same six-year period, flu activity typically has peaked in February and March, not in early January, as it happening this season. Only in 2009-10, when swine flu swept the nation, did flu activity peak earlier — in October — over the past six years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public …