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Norovirus finds refuge for firefighters in Chico, the second protection may be affected



Norovirus erupted in an emergency shelter in Butte County, where Camp Fire evacuees are housed, and an outbreak is suspected in a second emergency shelter.

15 to 20 people in the neighborhood church of Chico have fallen ill and laboratory tests have confirmed that it is an illness "Norovirus," said Lisa Almaguer, spokeswoman for Butte County Health Department.

The evacuees living in the Oroville Church of Nazarene Home also have symptoms of the virus, but lab tests have not confirmed it yet, Almaguer said. She said that there are about 166 people in the facility on Wednesday afternoon.

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70 people live in the Chico shelter, said homeless leader Diane Shoen of the American Red Cross. Relying on health secrecy laws, she would not confirm the report Wednesday night.

However, several residents said that they had heard that one or more evacuees had been quarantined for health reasons.

"They want us to always wash our hands and do not shake hands and use Purell (disinfectant) before dinner," said Rich Montgomery, an evacuee from Magalia.

He said he had a resident of the shelter who had vomited into a toilet a few nights ago.

Don Martin of Paradise said he also heard of a health problem, but he was not afraid. "If the problem was widespread," you would "Illnesses are everywhere," he said.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach problems, fever, and body pain.

The virus is when people are in close contact, such as schools and summer camps said Cynthia Shaw, a Red Cross spokeswoman.

"The best way to stop the virus from spreading is hand washing, food safety and isolation They're sick, "Shaw said.

The workers in the lodgings take these steps, she said.

Sick people who have been quarantined in different rooms and who use other bathrooms than the healthy ones housed in the shelters, said Almaguer.

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