According to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital's Facebook page, Norovirus has started to spread throughout the United States.

According to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital's Facebook page, Norovirus has started to spread throughout the United States.

“Often referred to as the stomach flu, the virus is actually not related to influenza at all,” the post reads. “But it should still be taken seriously.”

The post states Norovirus is highly contagious, spreading quickly in crowded areas such as schools, cruise ships, nursing homes and workplaces. Thorough hand washing and disinfecting contaminated surfaces can help reduce the risk for contracting the virus, the post reads.