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It's an illness you mostly hear about being on cruise ships. A new strain of the norovirus is picking up steam in the U.S. Over 140 outbreaks of the virus have been reported thus far. It may cause serious complications, especially during flu season. That's because the norovirus is not the flu, though it's sometimes referred to as the stomach flu. It's a virus that attacks the intestinal tract. The common flu causes more problems to the upper respiratory system and happens during flu season. So, contracting both illnesses at one time could be possible this time of year. Noroviruss are very contagious. You can get them from infected people and contaminated food or water. The viruses also lurk on surfaces, such as handrails, keyboards and counter tops. They can make you very sick, because the cause inflammation to the walls of the colon and stomach.
The CDC says the best way to fight the norovirus is to wash your hands. Officials say although this strain may not be that easy to control, keeping clean is your best defense. Physicians say the best way to treat it is to rest and stay hydrated. If you or a loved one has the symptoms, health experts say see a doctor immediately, especially if the virus is affecting a child or an elderly person.
Monday, January 28 2013, 11:23 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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