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Visitation at prison facility cancelled due to Norovirus outbreak

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 15:15:00-05

HAMILTON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Big Bend prison facility is cancelling visitation this weekend after a Norovirus outbreak.

The Florida Department of Corrections says that visitation will be cancelled this weekend at the Hamiliton Annex facility.

"Any time there's any incident like this, it's standard protocol for the Department to cancel visitation in abundance of caution," the FDC wrote in a statement released to WTXL.

According to MayoClinic.org, norovirus can cause the sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea.

The virus is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or contaminated surfaces. You can also be infected through close contact with an infected person.

Norovirus infection occurs most frequently in closed and crowded environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, child care centers, schools and cruise ships.

Some people with norovirus infection may show no signs or symptoms. However, they are still contagious and can spread the virus to others.