DAILYKENN.com -- A highly contagious norovirus is rapidly spreading through shelters for victims fleeing California's wildfires.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. You can get norovirus from: Having direct contact with an infected person. Consuming contaminated food or water. -- CDC
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NICOLE CHAVEZ, JEN CHRISTENSEN AND JACQUE WILSON CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT
Evacuees who fled the Camp Fire in California are facing norovirus outbreaks in shelters. The Butte County Public Health Department said that 145 people have been sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea since the shelters opened to evacuees and 41 people were experiencing symptoms at four different shelters as of Wednesday evening.
Twenty-five people have been to the hospital for medical support, the health department said in a statement.
"The number of sick people is increasing every day," the statement said.
About 9,700 homes were destroyed and 141,000 acres burned in the fire. Sixty-three people have died due to the fire, and more than 600 are missing.
The Butte County health department is working with the Red Cross, state and federal partners to reduce the spread of the illness at the evacuation shelters, according to the statement released Thursday.
Some of the actions being taken include establishing separate shelters for sick evacuees, active monitoring of shelter residents and protective equipment for medical staff.
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