More than 140 Camp Four evacuees in four different homes have had norovirus symptoms due to an outbreak, while 41 today experience symptoms, according to the Butte County Public Health Department.
Twenty people living in the Neighborhood Church of Chico; 31 at the Oroville Nazarene Church; 9 at Butte County Fairgrounds, and one on East Avenue Church in Chico had symptoms on Thursday, according to a News Release from the Butte County Public Health Department.
About 179 people live at Neighborhood Church; 352 is at Oroville Church; 142 is at Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley, and 200 is on East Avenue Church in Chico, said the release.
In the Nazarene Church, some people live and some live in their cars on the property of the church, says Lisa Almaguer
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other stomach problems, fever and body aches.
Sagittarius separates the sick from healthy people and gives them a separate bathroom to use, and sanitizes all the time, Almaguer said.
The outbreak has spread since Wednesday when the health department said evacuating at two homes experienced symptoms.
“The number of diseases increases every day,” the health department announced. “Twenty-five people have been in the hospital for medical help. The staff serving the homes have also been ill.”
The Enloe Medical Center in Chico has seen several Norovirus patient homes “acute sick”, says Susie Benson, Head of Infection Prevention and Control at the hospital.
Hospital patients are treated with dehydration fluids, Benson said. The county’s medical groups are at shelters that evaluate patients to determine whether they have norovirus or just noro-like symptoms, says Benson.