Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States. It is a very contagious; you can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick. Also, you can have norovirus illness many times in your life. This illness can be serious, especially for young children and older adults. It is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths.

The best way to help prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness.

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

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

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

Follow these guidelines and keep your family safe and healthy!

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