New norovirus strain causing outbreaks in Minnesota, USA

Minnesota Health Department officials have reported a new strain of norovirus (called GII.17 Kawasaki) that is responsible for an outbreak that was reported last week. The new strain was responsible for sporadic cases in the state earlier this year. During 2015, state officials have investigated up to 20 outbreaks of intestinal illness due to norovirus.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for the general traveller to this state is relatively low, this virus is very common in winter months and is easily transmitted in the environment around an infected person. Frequent hand washing and careful personal hygiene will help minimize the risk of exposure.

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