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Health Officials Determine What Made Workers Sick

AMES, Iowa(KCCI-TV)  Health officials have found the source of an illness at the Ames Public Library.

Test results from the State Hygienic Lab confirm norovirus was the cause that sickened more than 30 employees at the library.

"Norovirus is the most common cause of gastrointestinal illness nationally and in Iowa," said Terri Olinger, of Story County Public Health Department in a news release. "Norovirus activity is traditionally higher in the colder months because peoples are indoors more and in closer contact."

Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and low-grade fever. Norovirus spreads easily when people fail to stay home when ill with diarrhea or vomiting and dont wash their hands after using the restroom.

Anyone ill with symptoms of norovirus should stay home from school, daycare, work or other events to help stop the spread.

The library was closed on Wednesday while the building was cleaned.

"We will use this time to clean and disinfect public spaces to ensure the safest environment possible for our visitors," said the statement on the library's website.

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