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Prevent the Spread of Norovirus
Norovirus spreads easily, causing 19-21 million cases of gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both) each year in the United States. There's no vaccine to prevent norovirus infection and no drug to treat it. Wash your hands often and follow simple tips to stay virus-free.


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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.

Norovirus in the United States
Dr. Aron Hall, a CDC epidemiologist, discusses the impact of norovirus in the United States.
Running Time: 8:46 minutes
Date Released: 09/17/2013

Six Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Norovirus
Dr. Aron Hall discusses six tips to help prevent the spread of norovirus.
Running Time: 4:09 minutes
Date Released: 08/27/2013

Foodborne Norovirus Outbreaks
Norovirus continues to be the leading cause of foodborne outbreaks in the United States. According to a CDC study, sick food handlers are the main source, causing about half of the foodborne norovirus outbreaks from 2001 to 2008. Fresh produce, primarily leafy vegetables or fruits, are most often implicated in foodborne norovirus outbreaks. Listen to Dr. Aron Hall, a CDC epidemiologist specializing in noroviruses, discuss this study and data released on the epidemiology of foodborne norovirus outbreaks.
Running Time: 10:20 minutes
Date Released: 09/17/2012


Video Abstract: Mary Wikswo of the CDC on Acute Gastroenteritis and the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS)
On the American Journal of Public Health blog, Mary Wikswo of CDC offers further insight into the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) and how it helps public health officials track and respond to gastroenteritis outbreaks nationwide.
Running Time: 4:12 minutes
Date Released: 12/12/2014

CDC Expert Commentary: Norovirus - Protecting the Vulnerable
Nearly two-thirds of norovirus outbreaks occur in nursing homes. Watch this video and learn how to help protect your most vulnerable patients.
Running Time: 4:26 minutes
Date Released: 02/19/2013

CDC Expert Commentary: Preventing Norovirus Transmission: New Guidelines
Learn about the new guidelines released by CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. These guidelines provide steps for preventing and controlling norovirus outbreaks in healthcare settings.
Running Time: 4:18 minutes
Date Released: 05/09/2011


This infographic highlights five tips to help prevent the spread of norovirus. Share these health messages on your web page. Copy and paste the code to embed the graphic and a link to more information on norovirus prevention.

Graphic: Protect yourself from norovirus. Wash your hands often. Cook shellfish to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. When you are sick, don't prepare food or care for others. Rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly. After comiting or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect surfaces and wash soiled laundry.

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Norovirus messages in this widget focus on handwashing and preventing transmission.

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