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Symptoms of Norovirus reported at West Brunswick Evacuation shelter

One confirmed case of norovirus, a highly-contagious, gastrointestinal illness found in stool or vomit, has been reported at the West Brunswick County Shelter.

(Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Google Maps)
Evacuees at West Brunswick High School are reporting symptoms of a gastrointestinal virus. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Google Maps)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Reports of a gastrointestinal virus are arising at the West Brunswick Evacuation Shelter.

A number of evacuees staying at the shelter, temporarily being housed at West Brunswick High School, have reported similar symptoms to officials.

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One case has been confirmed as positive, one as negative, and two others are still pending according to county spokesperson Amanda Hutcheson.

According to a county release, the Brunswick County Health Department and shelter staff are “immediately instituting enhanced cleaning methods and necessary measures.”

Norovirus is can be found in stool and vomit. It’s highly contagious, the county release states, and is spread by improper hand hygiene.

The county urges evacuees to wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet, changing diapers and before handling food.

Symptoms of Norovirus appear as early as 12 hours after initial exposure and include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Low-grade fever or none at all

Though the symptoms typically wear off after a couple of days, the virus can still be contagious for up to two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information on the virus, that leaves no long-term health effects related to the illness, can be found here.

Brunswick County residents currently evacuating the Waccamaw River floodplain, under voluntary evacuation orders, can seek temporary shelter at South Brunswick High School in Boiling Spring Lakes.

With 33 evacuees currently staying at South Brunswick High School, the alternative shelter has “plenty of room,” Hutcheson said.

More information on the county’s available shelters can be found here.

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