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'Winter vomiting disease' on the rise in California, officials say

'Winter vomiting disease' on the rise in California, officials say

They call it the winter vomiting disease, and California officials are warning that it's on the rise.

Already, the state has confirmed 32 outbreaks since Oct. 1 — far more than the nine cases reported last year at this time — and health officials are urging Californians to wash their hands frequently to guard against infection.

Caused by the highly contagious pathogen known as norovirus, the illness spreads rapidly in closed and crowded environments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, day-care centers, schools, cruise ships and restaurants.

It typically causes abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting — conditions that can be very serious for...

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