Controlling Norovirus

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Getting norovirus is common. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Aron Hall says this virus, which is the leading cause of foodborne illness, spreads easily:

“People who have the virus are more likely to spread it while they have symptoms and for three days after their symptoms stop.”

You can get the virus by having close contact with infected people, or touching things that have the virus on them then putting your fingers in your mouth, or consuming contaminated food or drinks.

To reduce your risk, wash your hands often with soap and water. Rinse fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating them. Disinfect contaminated surfaces. Cook shellfish thoroughly. And use rubber gloves if you clean up after someone who is infected.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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