27 Aug 2016

Help Prevent Norovirus From Spreading

Help Prevent Norovirus From Spreading

Categories: Miscellaneous

Below are 5 tips to help prevent the spread of Norovirus.  For more information please go to http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/



1. Practice proper hand hygiene

  • Always wash your hands carefully with soap and water after using the toilet and changing diapers, and before eating, preparing, or handling food.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used in addition to hand washing. But, they should not be used as a substitute for washing with soap and water.


2. Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly

  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them.

  • Cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.

  • Be aware that noroviruses are relatively resistant. They can survive temperatures as high as 140°F and quick steaming processes that are often used for cooking Shellfish.

  • Food that might be contaminated with norovirus should be thrown out.

  • Keep sick infants and children out of areas where food is being handled and prepared.


3. When you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others

  • You should not prepare food for others or provide healthcare while you are sick and for at least 2 to 3 days after you recover. This also applies to sick workers in schools, daycares, and other places where they may expose people to norovirus.


4. Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

  • After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Use a chlorine bleach solution with a concentration of 1000–5000 ppm (5–25 tablespoons of household bleach [5.25%] per gallon of water) or other disinfectant registered as effective against norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


5. Wash laundry thoroughly

  • Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool (feces).

  • You should handle soiled items carefully without agitating them, wear rubber or disposable gloves while handling soiled items and wash your hands after, and wash the items with detergent at the maximum available cycle length then machine dry them.


 

 


 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/

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