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4 Things To Know About Norovirus

Winter is here -- and so is norovirus, the illness that can quickly spread among groups of people, shutting down schools and sending cruise ship passengers into quarantine. With the recent news of norovirus outbreaks in the GTA, it's important to understand how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself against contracting the illness. We spoke with our expert Dr. Andrew Simor, head, department of microbiology and infectious diseases consultant at Sunnybrook, to learn more.
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VANCOUVER - Outbreaks of the norovirus have people around B.C. retching, and there's no sign that the spread of the nasty virus will slow down this winter.Health officials say people are getting sick...

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