Monday, 28 March 2016 23:52

Norovirus Outbreak 2016 & How to Protect Yourself

norovirus-resized-6001Recently, there has been an outbreak of Norovirus making its rounds through the general population. Norovirus is particularly contagious because it can be spread in many ways: through general contact, food, on surfaces, and more. This month, Norovirus has also been confirmed on cruise ships as well (Ocean Princess and Anthem of the Seas), which can be particularly concerning because of the close quarters and the ease of which an outbreak can spread.

To prevent spreading or contracting the Norovirus, always remember to wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing, or handling food. Carefully wash fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them. Cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.

Noroviruses are relatively resistant. They can survive temperatures as high as 140°F and quick steaming processes that are often used for cooking shellfish. Food that might be contaminated with norovirus should be thrown out. Keep sick infants and children out of areas where food is being handled and prepared.

When you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others who are sick. You should not prepare food for others or provide healthcare while you are sick and for at least 2 days after symptoms stop. This also applies to sick workers in settings such as schools and daycares where they may expose people to norovirus.

To prevent poisoning from food-borne bacteria and viruses, it is important to practice good food safety techniques and thoroughly wash and clean fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat. CitroBio Fresh Food Wash can be used on produce, seafood, sushi, and meat of all types to remove contaminants. To learn more about CitroBio, click here.

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