CONCORD — The New Hampshire Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that norovirus was a contributing cause of death in a person who died after attending an event at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, on Nov. 24.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed its final report after conducting an autopsy last month.
The person who died was an adult from Hillsborough county. No additional details about this person are being released by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services due to federal and state privacy laws.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the person who passed away,” said DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control Chief Beth Daly.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. The virus is shed in the stool of people who are sick and is spread by having direct contact with an infected person, from eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth.
There is no specific treatment for norovirus and most people with norovirus illness get better within one to three days.
You can help protect yourself and others from norovirus by:
• Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, before eating, preparing or handling food, and before giving yourself or someone else medicine.
• Not preparing food for others, providing health care, or providing child care while you are sick and for at least two days after symptoms stop.
• Staying home from school, work and other events when you are sick.
• Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in your home and office, especially areas after someone vomits or has diarrhea.
Anyone with questions about norovirus can speak to their health-care provider or call the New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603) 271-4496.
Additional information about norovirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/norovirus/about/index.html.