Norovirus information, facts, tips & more

Norovirus is very contagious and spreads quickly. It causes vomiting and watery diarrhea. Norovirus causes as many as 21 million cases of gastroenteritis in the US each year. Learn about symptoms, treatment and more. While there is no cure, you can take steps to relieve the symptoms and to control the spread of norovirus.

Symptoms of Norovirus

The symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. They usually last between one and three days. The diarrhea and vomiting can deplete your body of fluids and you can become dehydrated.

Treatment for Norovirus

Norovirus is second only to the virus that causes the common cold in terms of how often it's reported. There are no drugs to treat norovirus. In most people, the symptoms should go away on their own in a few days. While there is no cure for norovirus, you can take important steps to prevent further complications and prevent the spread to others.

Cleaning Up After Norovirus

Norovirus is very contagious and spreads easily. Properly cleaning surfaces that may have been contaminated can help stop others from becoming sick. Norovirus norovirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. Be ready for unplanned contamination events.

Issues for Food Safety Managers

Norovirus is a food safety issue because the virus can spread quickly at restaurants, schools, cruise ships and other places where food is served, sold or prepared. State and local health agencies have issued important rules that food safety managers have to follow to protect the general public.

Norovirus Under a Microscope

Norovirus affects up to 21 million people in the US each year

Norovirus can happen to anyone.  You can get norovirus by touching a surface that has been contaminated, from contaminated food or water or from an infected person. The best defense against norovirus is washing your hands.  Norovirus is second only to the common cold in terms of reported viruses! The virus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. People with norovirus commonly experience nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting. and to throw up. Norovirus can be serious or even fatal for very young children or the elderly.

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