New strain of norovirus spreads to U.S.

Updated: Friday, January 25 2013, 08:56 AM EST
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MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Doctors believe a new strain of norovirus is getting people sick worldwide, including here in Michigan.

It's called the Sydney strain because it originated in Australia last year.

Doctors say it presents like the stomach flu but feels much worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since September there have been more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S., including Michigan.

One researcher is calling this strain of norovirus the "Ferrari of viruses" because of the way it speeds through large groups of people.

The norovirus is highly contagious and usually spreads in schools and nursing homes, especially during the winter. It has also been found to be the most common cause of food poisonings in the U.S.

If you have it you are urged to stay home.

According to the CDC, noroviruses cause an estimated 21-million illnesses and 800 deaths every year.

New strain of norovirus spreads to U.S.
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