Preventing Norovirus - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Preventing Norovirus Infection

Consumers can prevent norovirus infection 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
    Learn more about the importance of handwashing and the proper way to wash 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. Raw oysters can be contaminated if grown in fecally contaminated waters.

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 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.

 

Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:34AM