Prevent the Spread of Norovirus
Norovirus spreads easily, causing more than 20 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.
Surveillance of Norovirus Outbreaks
Noroviruses are responsible for about 50% of all reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the United States. Outbreaks can happen to people of all ages and in a variety of settings. CDC collects data on norovirus and helps to investigate norovirus outbreaks. This provides important information about how the virus spreads and therefore, the best ways to prevent it.
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
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
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