Norovirus usually causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.
Health department epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore says the state is working with local health departments to try to stop the spread of the illness.
Moore says many of this year's outbreaks have occurred in homes for the elderly. He says the virus most often is spread through person-to-person contact, contaminated surfaces and contaminated food and water. Moore says hand-washing is the best way to combat the problem.
The new strain is called Sydney 2012 because it is thought to have started in Australia.
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