Norovirus found in Moses Lake care facility

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MOSES LAKE — The Grant County Health District (GCHD) announced Monday that health officials are investigating a norovirus outbreak “at a long-term care facility in Moses Lake.”

The district did not name the facility, nor how many cases were involved in the outbreak.

“There is the potential for more cases to occur,” said County Health Officer Alexander Brzezny.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Norovirus is a contagious pathogen that causes vomiting and diarrhea. “Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus,” the CDC website on norovirus says, by having direct contact with an infected person, by consuming contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

The best defense against norovirus, according to the GCHD, is to wash your hands with soap and water, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and clean surfaces with bleach water.

In late May, the GCHD said norovirus made several people ill following an outbreak at Longview Elementary School. The district received lab confirmation of norovirus from two specimens submitted to the Washington State Public Health Lab.

— Staff report

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