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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has detected and has increased activity in Michigan residents with the norovirus and is urging resident to take precautions to stay healthy. Norovirus infection is sometimes described as the “stomach flu” but it is not related to influenza. The norovirus often causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping, but infected people may also have a low-grade fever, headache, weakness and muscle aches. Symptoms can begin as early as 12 hours after exposure to the virus or as late as 72 hours. The symptoms of norovirus usually last one to three days. In most cases, ill individuals fully recover without medical attention. The best way to limit the spread of these viruses is frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm running water, being sure to completely clean all areas of hands and under fingernails. This is especially important after using the bathroom or before preparing or eating food. Preventing contamination of food, drinks, water and ice is also very important. Additional information about norovirus can be found at CDC.gov/norovirus.