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What Is Norovirus?

  • A viral illness that causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both
  • Common in day cares, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, schools, cruise ships
  • Also called “stomach flu” or Norwalk virus
  • Leading cause of food-borne illness in the United States:
    • Approximately 21 million cases of illness each year
    • 70,000 hospitalizations, 800 deaths each year

What Are The Symptoms of Norovirus?

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body ache

How Is Norovirus Transmitted?

  • Direct contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated food, water or surfaces
  • Infection runs its course in 1-3 days

How is Norovirus Treated?

  • There is no specific treatment
  • Patients should ensure that dehydration does not occur

How Can Norovirus Be Prevented?

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Rinse fruits and vegetable before eating
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly before eating
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces thoroughly