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Norovirus Infection

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To prevent norovirus you should

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. This is especially important for food handlers and caregivers.
  • Prepare fresh and frozen foods safely, including thoroughly washing fresh produce
  • Disinfect contaminated surfaces in your kitchen and bathrooms with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners to kill viruses resting on surfaces
  • Wash contaminated clothing, diapers, sheets, and towels promptly in hot water (above 140ºF) and/or with bleach
  • Choose wisely when eating or drinking outside your home. If you aren't sure whether the food or water is safe, avoid it.

In addition, you should not prepare food for others if you have norovirus infection.

Currently, there is no vaccine to protect you from norovirus infections.

Last Updated November 03, 2010