- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Health Department reports an increase in norovirus in the state, especially in Casper and Cheyenne.

Commonly described as “stomach flu” or “food poisoning,” norovirus is spread when people eat or drink contaminated food and beverages, touch surfaces contaminated with the virus or through close contact with someone already sick.

Cody Loveland, of the state Health Department, says norovirus spreads easily in places where people are typically in close contact such as schools, daycares and nursing homes.

Loveland says that’s the case in both Casper and Cheyenne.

People who are sick with norovirus may experience nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue and dehydration.

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