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Northern Health trying to contain noro virus-like illness in northwest B.C.

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Health officials in northwest BC are contending with an outbreak of a norovirus-like illness. 

The highly contagious infection may be responsible for a number of sick people in Kitimat and Terrace, and there are reports of at least one death from a work camp in Kitimat.  

However, Health officials say if there was a death, the norovirus likely didn't cause it. They also say the virus doesn't typically cause death, and is mostly a nuisance.

Number of sick unknown

Spokesperson Jonathon Dyck says it isn't clear how many people have the virus. 

"Because it is circulating around the community at present, there could be people that have it that are staying home and that are taking care of themselves that way before the virus passes. So, exact numbers are not available at this time."

Officials say the virus is highly contagious. Some of the symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

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