SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

An unknown virus is blamed for residents of a nursing home being quarantined.  Mercy Villa has seen a significant number of cases of viral gastroenteritis.

"It is associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.  Some people will refer to it as a stomach bug," said Kendra Finley with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

The virus is easily spread and it's spread through the air. Mercy Villa is making sure those who don't have the virus stay healthy.

"I think its just smart to keep the people that are sick away from the people that are not sick and hopefully will not get sick if we contain it, " said Sonya Kullmann, a spokeswoman for Mercy Springfield, which owns the nursing home.

All planned group activities have been canceled for the immediate future.  Staff members are taking taking extra precaution, wearing gowns and gloves.

To keep from getting the virus, health officials encourage you to drink more fluids to prevent dehydration and wash your hands with soap and water instead of using hand sanitizer.