Commission of Health and Tourism and Pan-American Health Organization Assure Public that ‘Norovirus’ is Under Control in the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ — The Commission of Health and Tourism together with the Pan-American Health Organization (OPS) today announced that “Norovirus,” the stomach flu-like virus currently found throughout the Caribbean and cruise ships in the area, is under control in the Dominican Republic.

According to the health organizations, the first reported case of Norovirus was reported in the Dominican Republic in December of 2004. At that time three tourist destinations in the north were affected. However, since February 11 no new cases have been reported. In addition, the epidemic investigation into the presence of Norovirus at Dominican Republic hotels has found no new cases of the virus.

To protect against future outbreaks of Norovirus, the Commission of Health & Tourism and the OPS have encouraged Dominican Republic hotels to maintain their already strict sanitary controls.

Norovirus is a non-lethal gastrointestinal infection that is spread through interpersonal contact. Symptoms of Norovirus, which include vomiting and diarrhea, may last 24 to 48 hours.

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