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Norovirus Spreads Through Boston

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A norovirus that causes vomiting and diarrhea and is particularly harsh on the young is sweeping across the Boston area during school vacation week.

Boston public health officials say the Boston Conservatory, a private college specializing in music, dance, and theater, has endured a suspected outbreak of the gastrointestinal ailment with at least 61 students, faculty, and staff falling ill.

The city's hospital emergency rooms have reported a surge in patients visiting with the ailment, accounting for 3 percent of all ER visits.

Public health officials tell The Boston Globe that the best way to stop the spread of the illness is through hygiene, by washing hands frequently.

The virus is rarely dangerous, except to those with already weak immune systems, and doctors suggest staying hydrated and riding it out.

This program aired on February 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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