News release from Olmsted County Public Health:
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
Norovirus Increase Expected Soon
Norovirus, commonly and mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu”, is expected to be more prevalent in the community over the next several months, and peak in January. Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne disease in Minnesota and the rest of the United States and causes vomiting, diarrhea, and aches that can incapacitate people for up to 2 days.
Norovirus is passed in the stool and vomit of ill or recently ill individuals. If such individuals do not wash their hands thoroughly, the virus stays on the hands and can be passed easily to other household members through surfaces, utensils, door handles, and through food preparation. Infected people are able to spread the virus up to 24 hours before symptoms occur, and for up to 72 hours after recovery.
Norovirus is so common that many homes will be confronted with illness in one or more family members at some point. To prevent transmission from person to person in the home and elsewhere:
· Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, before preparing food and eating.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces with household bleach immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents. Wash and/or peel fruits and vegetables before eating them.
· Avoid preparing food, handling ready-to-eat foods, or setting the table for others while you have symptoms and for at least three days after you recover.
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