Influenza isn't the only virus Hoosiers need to worry about this season.
The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday that a new strain of norovirus, typically called stomach flu, is circulating throughout the U.S. and has recently been detected in Indiana. The agency says the symptoms are no worse than other types of stomach bugs. Most people fully recover from the illness in one or two days.
Stomach virus is spread through consuming contaminated food or drink or by close contact with an infected person. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
Flu shots do not protect against stomach virus. To prevent getting sick, health officials recommend frequent hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces and not preparing food if you're feeling ill.
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