Navigation Links
6 simple steps to protect against and stop the spread of noroviruses

Recent outbreaks of norovirusalso known as stomach fluindicate the highly contagious, fast-moving virus is again a public health concern. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has six simple steps to protect families against noroviruses.

Norovirus is the second most frequent cause of illness after the common cold. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, and occur between 24 and 48 hours after exposure. Norovirus can be life-threatening for the elderly and immunocompromised.

APICs six simple steps to protect against norovirus include:

  1. Practice Proper Hand Hygiene
    Frequent hand washing is always the best defense. This includes washing hands for at least 15 seconds (sing the happy birthday song twice) or using hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol rubbing until hands are dry.
  2. Clean with Bleach
    If youve had the bug, use a bleach-containing cleaner to disinfect all surfaces. Wear disposable gloves, and dont forget frequent touch surfaces like door knobs and light switches. After cleaning, dispose of or sanitize rags in hot water and bleach.
  3. Food and Water Safety
    Avoid joining an estimated 9.2 million cases of foodborne norovirus infections each year by preventing food contamination. Always wash raw food before eating, and dont eat food prepared by someone who is ill until 2-3 days after symptoms have cleared.
  4. Dont Air Your Dirty Laundry
    Direct contact with a sick person is not required to contaminate soft surfaces. The norovirus can spread from a contaminated pillowcase to a clean towel in a pile of laundry. To disinfect laundry, wash with hot water and dry on high. Add bleach to wash if heavily soiled with vomit or feces.
  5. Contain Outbreaks
    Immediately quarantine those who are sick. Dont forget to disinfect everything from the washing machine to the bleach bottle, and wear protective gloves while cleaning.
  6. Prevent Outbreaks
    Dont wait for an outbreak to occur to clean up. Ward off norovirus by maintaining a clean household and regularly disinfecting surfaces.


Contact: Liz Garman
Association for Professionals in Infection Control

Related medicine news :

1. GP targets on heart disease should be simpler and based more on treatment and prevention
2. If you think cancer genes are simple, you dont know JAK
3. Safer, Simpler, Better & Cost Effective Cosmetic Surgery Anesthesia
4. Simple, personalized interventions improve colorectal cancer screening rates
5. AUDIO from Medialink and Bayer: Simple, Focused Ways to Boost Womens Health
6. Simplex Diabetic Supply, Inc. Secures $50 Million in Growth Equity from New Enterprise Associates
7. Simpler Anemia Treatment May Help Kidney Patients
8. Six Simple Steps to Protect Against and Stop the Spread of Superbugs
9. LA BioMed research finds simpler way to assess breast cancer risk
10. Simple Tips Keep the Flu at Bay
11. YMCA of the USA Offers Simple Tips to Give the Lifetime Gift of Health and Well-Being to Family and Friends This Holiday Season
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency ... named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van ... Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite ... 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have ... these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as ... Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association ... it will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance ... 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in the ... cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has secured ... led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel Capital ... Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization of ... of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced ... Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality ... - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their ... global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD ... in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on the ... announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized ... has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor ... the third quarter of 2016, and to report ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: