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Covid cases are down. Unfortunately, stomach flu outbreaks are up

As Covid-19 cases continue to fall in the United States, cases of another virus are rebounding to pre-pandemic levels.

Outbreaks of norovirus, the bug responsible for the dreaded stomach flu, have been on the rise since January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From August 2021 through the beginning of last month, the CDC reported 448 norovirus outbreaks. During the same time period the previous year, just 78 were reported.

Since early January, the number of weekly outbreaks has risen from fewer than 10 to more than 50. The data is based on reports from state health departments in Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

There's no data to suggest that the norovirus outbreaks are in any way linked to the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

But it may be possible that the lifting of Covid restrictions is helping the virus spread. Norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, is highly contagious and spreads

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