Health Tip: Help Prevent Norovirus02/14/13
(HealthDay News) -- Infection with a norovirus, sometimes called
stomach flu, causes symptoms such as vomiting, fatigue and
diarrhea. The virus is easily spread in crowded, contained areas
such as nursing homes or cruise ships.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how
to help prevent the spread of norovirus infections:
- Thoroughly and frequently wash your hands with warm water and
soap. Always wash hands after using the bathroom, before preparing
food and after changing a diaper.
- Thoroughly cook foods, especially seafood, and wash all produce
- If you are sick, do not prepare food for other people until at
least three days after symptoms have stopped.
- Thoroughly disinfect any potentially contaminated surfaces with
a bleach-based solution.
- Wash all clothing and linens in a long, hot cycle in the
washing machine and then dry in the dryer. Wear rubber gloves when
handling contaminated laundry.
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