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Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks, Food Service has a Key Role
Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Learn about food safety practices that can help prevent these outbreaks.
About NorovirusOverview about the virus, how it spreads, symptoms, treatment...
Preventing Norovirus InfectionYou can help protect yourself and others from norovirus infection by following some simple tips...
For Food WorkersInformation about how norovirus spreads through contaminated food and water...
For Health Care ProvidersClinical features, transmission, diagnosis, disease burden, treatment...
For Public Health ProfessionalsInformation about burden of norovirus illness and outbreaks, surveillance & reporting, investigations...
Laboratory TestingTypes of laboratory testing done to diagnose norovirus infection, guidelines, reporting systems...
U.S. Trends and OutbreaksInformation about how common norovirus illness is, who gets infected, and when...
Norovirus WorldwideA global perspective of norovirus trends and outbreaks…
Reporting and SurveillanceInformation about norovirus reporting in the U.S. for health care providers and health departments, description of several norovirus surveillance systems...
Resources & ReferencesScientific articles and educational materials related to norovirus...
MultimediaLists norovirus web features, podcasts, videos, infographic and web widget...
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. 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. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults...
The most common symptoms are:
- throwing up
- stomach pain
Other symptoms include:
- body aches
You can get dehydrated if you are not able to drink enough liquids. You may urinate less, have a dry mouth and throat, and feel dizzy.
Hands Off Norovirus
CDC Featured Podcast
Dr. Aron Hall discusses how food handlers can prevent the spread of norovirus with HealthBeat’s Ira Dreyfuss.
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Many Names, Same Symptoms
You may hear norovirus illness called "food poisoning" or "stomach flu." It is true that food poisoning can be caused by noroviruses. But, other germs and chemicals can also cause food poisoning.
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- Page last updated: December 30, 2014
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