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New strain of the norovirus is spreading throughout the nation

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new strain of the norovirus is quickly spreading throughout the nation.

"It's very hard sometimes to tell the difference initially between the flu virus and some others. What we call viral gastroenteritis, is when somebody presents with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea," said Doctor Christopher Lucasti from South Jersey Infectious Disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's likely that someone presenting these symptoms has come down with a new strain of the norovirus.

Christopher Lucasti, a doctor at South Jersey Infectious Disease, says he's seen a dozen cases of the virus in just the last two weeks.

"It's the time of the year. We kind of see these cases this time of the year anyway, and we are seeing a lot of it right now."

The norovirus is extremely contagious, meaning once one member of the family gets it, it's likely that the rest are soon to follow.

Children especially are getting this super bug from classmates at school or at public places.

John Ireland, says he has already been cautious when it comes to his son and germs, because it has been a bad flu season.

To prevent catching the "super bug", he says he is taking extra protective steps when out in public, to make sure his family remains healthy.

"If I see other kids that are sneezing or coughing, I keep him away from those kids and when he does play with the other kids, I wash his hands right away," said Ireland.

Which is what doctor's say everyone should be doing, especially when caring for someone who may already be sick.

If you think you already have the norovirus, health professionals recommend that you seek medical attention, and drink plenty of fluids.

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