The stomach flu is on the rise in South Jersey and health officials say they've seen a spike in cases, statewide.
The stomach flu’s spreading in South Jersey. Lourdes Health System put out an alert on Wednesday, Jan 15th. Emergency rooms in Camden and Willingboro have seen a notable increase in the number of norovirus patients.
Norovirus is an acute stomach illness.
The virus is on the rise across the entire state, according to the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.
The infection is spread primarily through what the state calls “the fecal-oral route, either through direct person-to-person spread, or by consuming food or water contaminated with the virus.”
The best medicine is prevention:
Don’t count on hand sanitizers as a substitute for washing your hands. The state says waterless hand sanitizers have been shown to be ineffective against the norovirus.