As a safety precaution, all bodily fluid spills should be treated as infectious, said Orman. "If the fluid is contaminated and employees don't take proper precautions, they could unintentionally track pathogens back into the food-handling area. Food contamination could lead to an outbreak, particularly in cases of noroviruses, which are easily spread."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 23 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are due to norovirus infection. Among the 232 outbreaks of norovirus illness reported to CDC from July 1997 to June 2000, 57% were foodborne.
"Any operation involved in the processing, preparation, or handling of food should have a couple of these kits on hand at all times," said Orman. In addition to food-related businesses, he recommends stocking the kits in retail establishments, schools, public transportation facilities, sports venues, and public service offices. "Basically, anywhere people congregate," he said.
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