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HHS HealthBeat (July 7, 2014)

Hands off norovirus

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Norovirus is something you literally don’t want to touch. It gives people vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Aron Hall says people get infected by touching someone who has it, a surface it’s on, or food prepared by someone with norovirus.

“The primary culprits are food handlers touching food with their bare hands while they’re infected. Most often, foods that are considered ready to eat, such as salads and sandwiches, become contaminated.”

Hall says food handlers should keep their hands, fresh produce and preparation surfaces clean – and, if they have norovirus, should not prepare food for others for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

An article on Norovirus is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: July 7, 2014