On Tuesday, 32 gastrointestinal illness cases were reported in the county, down from 60 cases on Monday. Throughout March, county emergency departments saw an average of 32 visits per day related to gastrointestinal illnesses.
Kristina Wieghmink, Ottawa County Department of Public Health spokeswoman, said a broad age range of residents have been sickened by the illness.
Residents with the stomach ailment have shown symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea and a low-grade fever.
Wieghmink said a specific virus hasn’t been pinpointed, but noted stomach illnesses can be spread by a number of things, including contaminated foods, person-to-person contact or other environmental contaminants.
Health officials encourage people to wash their hands with soap and water, wash fruits and vegetables, remain home until their symptoms subside, and wash contaminated items with a chlorine bleach solution.
Wieghmink said it’s extremely important for residents to take precautions.
“Not only does it help prevent disease and illness, it helps ensure quality and length of life,” she said.
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