Norovirus vigilance

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  • By Public Health
  • 96th Medical Group
A significant number of norovirus cases recently occurred among individuals working at Hurlburt Field and their family members.   Team Eglin members should remain vigilant to minimize norovirus disease and transmission in our population.

Norovirus is very contagious and can infect anyone.  It is transmitted from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching a contaminated surface. The virus causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines that may lead to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.  Most people get better in one to three days.

To minimize transmission, frequent hand washing is imperative as well as cleaning and sanitizing areas where a sick person has been present.  After cleaning contaminated areas, use a commercial bleach-based sanitizer effective against norovirus, or if unavailable, use one cup of bleach per gallon of water to sanitize all surfaces.

Personnel who either have symptoms themselves or have someone in their household exhibiting symptoms should coordinate with their supervisor.  If mission permits, supervisors should advise members to stay home until 48-hours after all household members have been symptom free. 

Most cases of norovirus disease can be managed at home with supportive care (hydration, rest, etc.).  In rare instances, a more serious disease may require medical care.  Please contact your primary care team or the 24-hour Tricare Nurse Advice Line for questions and concerns at (800) 874-2273, option 1.

If anyone has symptoms of norovirus disease or may have been exposed to someone suspected of having norovirus disease, please call the 96th Public Health Flight during duty hours at (850) 883-8608 or (850) 883-9595.