Norovirus outbreaks confirmed in eight NC counties

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Norovirus outbreaks have been confirmed in eight counties in North Carolina.

Twenty reports of the highly-contagious stomach virus are in Forsyth County at two separate nursing homes, while Alamance County is dealing with 80 cases -- also at two separate nursing homes.

Norovirus is an incredibly unpleasant stomach virus that is highly contagious. It's symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loose stool and abdominal cramping.

Doctors said this is the most frequent time of year to see outbreaks because the weather starts getting colder and people stay in doors more, where it can spread through contact.

The virus can last from 12 hours to several days. Doctors recommend drinking plenty of fluids and washing your hands often because the virus can linger on surfaces for days.