CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Area doctors are noticing more cases of norovirus this summer. The symptoms are similar to food poisoning or the stomach flu.
Norovirus is highly contagious and is commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation.
"To be able to avoid this, first of all know what kinds of foods you are eating, where is the food coming from, make sure it is not contaminated to begin with," said Thomas-Spann Clinic's, Dr. George Benavidez, "Wash all your fruits and vegetables with a little soap and water to try to remove the virus; wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.
According to the CDC, roughly 21 million Americans get norovirus each year. Most people will recover fully from norovirus, but it can become serious or even fatal in some patients, such as infants or the elderly. Symptoms last one to three days.