Officials suspect outbreak of novovirus in Marin County 

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A preschool and two senior residential care centers in Marin County are under quarantine for an outbreak of flu-like symptoms.

The Marin Independent Journal reported that officials suspect norovirus may have caused 16 children and adults to become sick at the school, which hasn’t been named.

Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease that causes flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. The virus is common during the winter season.

The outbreak hasn’t prompted any precautionary measures in San Francisco, according to Department of Public Health spokesman Jim Soos.

Residential living facilities must report incidents to the department, which helps them complete a checklist of containment measures, including keeping ill residents away from healthy residents, requiring employees who came into contact with the virus to stay home and restricting visitation.

In Marin County, a total of 73 people also have fallen ill at Aegis Living of San Rafael and Aegis Living in Corte Madera.

— Staff and wire report

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