What is Norovirus and How Can You Avoid It?

What is Norovirus and How Can You Avoid It?

Norovirus is an extremely contagious virus that is most commonly spread person to person but is often associated with food

What Are the Symptoms of Norovirus?

The initial symptoms are a sudden onset of vomiting and feelings of nausea. There is often also a bout of either diarrhoea or sometimes stomach cramps. More generally sufferers can get a type of fever which causes chills and body aches

The good news is that the Norovirus rarely causes any severe complications except when the person affected is more vulnerable- such as children or elderly.

There is no known vaccine for Norovirus and the symptoms normally last between 12 and 60 hours depending on the severity of the outbreak

What Sort of Situations can cause a Norovirus outbreak?

A recent outbreak in a restaurant in Seattle showed a classic pattern for a Norovirus outbreak. The initial cause was thought to be raw oysters- undercooked shellfish, and particularly oysters, are a known common cause for Norovirus outbreaks. The virus spread person to person or by contaminated food.

How Can I Avoid Norovirus infection?

There are some basic steps that you can take:

  1. Always cook shellfish and other seafood thoroughly before eating
  2. When cooking shellfish always wash the surfaces that have been used in preparing the seafood thoroughly and without delay to ensure that there is no cross contamination with other foods
  3. After preparing food- and particularly seafood – wash hands thoroughly
  4. If you have suffered from Norovirus wait at least 48 hours until the last episode of either vomiting or diarrhoea before preparing or touching any food that might be eaten by others

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