LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - When going to holiday parties, be careful what you touch.
Specialists at Gundersen Lutheran are warning about the spread of norovirus. It's a fast-spreading virus that causes significant gastrointestinal distress, specifically vomiting and diarrhea.
Specialists said if you come in contact with just one or two virus cells, you can be violently sick within hours.
You can get norovirus simply by touching a surface, like a doorknob, or by sharing food.
"It's very hard to stay hydrated because there's so much vomiting and so much fluid loss with the diarrhea that it's very hard for infants and young children and elderly to stay hydrated," said Linda Grupa, an infection preventionist at Gundersen Lutheran.
If you get infected with norovirus, make sure you thoroughly disinfect your house, your sheets and your clothing with bleach.
Washing your hands with soap and water is a good way to make sure the virus cells don't spread.
Specialists said soap it's much tougher on virus cells than gel sanitizers.
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