Preventing Norovirus Infection
Consumers can prevent norovirus infection by:
- washing hands carefully
- not preparing food while you are ill
- steaming oysters before eating
- thoroughly cleaning after episodes of illness
Minimizing Your Risk
- 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
Learn more about the importance of handwashing and the proper way to wash hands.
- Persons who are infected with norovirus should not prepare food while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness
- Always steam oysters before eating. Raw oysters can be contaminated if grown in fecally contaminated waters.
- Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated
with virus after an episode of illness (use detergent and the maximum available cycle length).
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and objects 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 or waterborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne/waterborne illnesses.