Health Tip: Preventing the Spread of Norovirus

Wash hands frequently, especially before preparing or serving food

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(HealthDay News) -- Norovirus is commonly spread among people in tight-knit surroundings, such as college dorms and cruise ships. Infected people may complain of stomachache, nausea and vomiting.

The Foodsafety.gov website suggests how to help prevent the spread of norovirus:

  • Always wash hands after using the bathroom and before preparing food. Wash with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Restaurant or deli workers should not touch food with bare hands.
  • Clean any potentially contaminated surfaces with a bleach-based cleaner. Make sure all food preparation surfaces and utensils are thoroughly disinfected.
  • Never serve, prepare or cook food if you have had diarrhea or been vomiting.
  • All shellfish should be thoroughly cooked before eating. All fruits and vegetables should be washed.
  • Promptly machine-wash and dry any linens or clothing exposed to vomiting or diarrhea.

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