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Stomach Flu? Six Simple Steps To Protect Against Noroviruses

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February 5, 2008
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Association for Professionals in Infection Control
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Recent outbreaks of norovirus -- also known as stomach flu -- indicate the highly contagious, fast-moving virus is again a public health concern. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has six simple steps to protect families against noroviruses.

Recent outbreaks of norovirus -- also known as stomach flu -- indicate 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.

APIC's six simple steps to protect against norovirus include:

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.

Clean with Bleach

  • If you've had the bug, use a bleach-containing cleaner to disinfect all surfaces. Wear disposable gloves, and don't forget "frequent touch" surfaces like door knobs and light switches. After cleaning, dispose of or sanitize rags in hot water and bleach.

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 don't eat food prepared by someone who is ill until 2-3 days after symptoms have cleared.

Don't 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.

Contain Outbreaks

  • Immediately quarantine those who are sick. Don't forget to disinfect everything from the washing machine to the bleach bottle, and wear protective gloves while cleaning.

Prevent Outbreaks

  • Don't wait for an outbreak to occur to clean up. Ward off norovirus by maintaining a clean household and regularly disinfecting surfaces.

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Association for Professionals in Infection Control. "Stomach Flu? Six Simple Steps To Protect Against Noroviruses." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 February 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080131121800.htm>.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control. (2008, February 5). Stomach Flu? Six Simple Steps To Protect Against Noroviruses. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080131121800.htm
Association for Professionals in Infection Control. "Stomach Flu? Six Simple Steps To Protect Against Noroviruses." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080131121800.htm (accessed July 31, 2014).

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