Health officials: Norovirus spreading with holiday cheer

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Here's something you might get for Christmas: norovirus.

In this season of gift-giving and holiday get-togethers, too many Minnesotans are spreading the highly contagious virus, by far the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

Thousands in the state are affected each year, Minnesota health officials say. They urge people to wash their hands often.

Norovirus is found in the stools or vomit of the infected, and makes its way to food, water or surfaces via unwashed hands, health officials say.

Noroviruses affect the stomach and intestines, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Other possible symptoms: low-grade fever or chills, headaches and muscle aches.

Here's more about the illness from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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