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Officials Investigate Possible Norovirus Outbreak

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The Kent County health department received dozens of calls and emails from customers that ate at the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids.

People were reporting symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diahrria.

Angela Minicuci with the Michigan Department of Community Health says that they are keeping a close on what is going on in Grand Rapids. 

If people that ate from that restaurant are from different areas of the state then it has a chance of circulating around to other areas.

Minicuci says it spreads very quickly and easily, especially in places where people gather. 

Locally doctors are seeing an increase in norovirus.  Dr. Melody Angel of McLaren Redicare South says she's seen about ten people in the past month.  That's more than she normally sees with norovirus symptoms. 

Norovirus is part of a family of viruses that are spread person-to-person and cause flu-like symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping.

Health officials are urging people who might be exposed to take precautions, such as washing hands before eating, after using the bathroom and before, during and after preparing food.

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