Dozens report similar symptoms in Central Indiana.
By Vanessa McClure
6:19 p.m. EST, January 10, 2012
Hartford City, Ind.
The State Department of Health is investigating a viral outbreak in Blackford County. Several people reported symptoms associated with the stomach flu or food poisoning.
State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones said the symptoms are consistent with Viral Gastroenteritis. The most common type of that virus is called the Norovirus.
"Unfortunately there is no vaccine to prevent against Norovirus so proper hygiene and prevention measures are important. Do not go to school or work if you're sick and do not prepare food for others if you're sick," Pontones said.