Hurlburt Field child care centers close after norovirus outbreak

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An installation in Florida has closed its child care centers due to an outbreak of norovirus.

Hurlburt Field officials said its youth center and three child development centers would remain closed until Dec. 18th.

1st Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Thomas Palenske said over 40 cases of norovirus had been reported by Friday.

Norovirus is a contagious virus that causes stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea.

In a post on his Facebook page, Col. Palenske urged troops with sick children to stay home with them until they are well to "protect our families and our combat capability."

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