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Date:3/20/2013

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It could be possible to develop a vaccine for norovirus, and Payne said researchers are already working on a vaccine. Both Payne and Bromberg said, however, that any vaccine would have to offer broad coverage because the type of norovirus infecting people can change over time. In this study, they saw two different types of norovirus.

Both experts said that for right now, thorough hand-washing and good hygiene habits remain the primary defense against norovirus. That means washing down surfaces, and, when you're preparing food, making sure you thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables. If someone who is infected touches the food, the infection can be passed on through the food. Payne also recommended not preparing food when you're sick with a gastrointestinal illness.

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Learn more about preventing norovirus infection from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Daniel Payne, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Kenneth Bromberg, M.D., chairman, pediatrics, and director, Vaccine Research Center, Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; March 21, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine


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