Preventing Norovirus - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Preventing Norovirus

Consumers can prevent norovirus by:

Minimizing Your Risk

Wash your hands

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and changing diapers, and before handling or eating any food.

  • Wash hands before preparing food for yourself or others.

  • Make sure that persons with diarrhea, especially children, wash their hands carefully and frequently with soap to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

  • Hand Hygiene
    Wash Your Hands!

Do not prepare food while you are ill, or for three days after you recover from illness

  • Persons who are infected with norovirus should not prepare food while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness


Steam oysters before eating

  • Always steam oysters before eating.

Thoroughly clean after an episode of illness

  • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with virus after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness by using a bleach-based household cleaner.

  • Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean.


Do you suspect that you have a foodborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne illnesses.


Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 03:04PM