Norovirus – a very contagious virus
How do you know you have it? Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines that results in gastroenteritis causing vomiting and diarrhea. It can result in illness, hospitalization or even death.
What causes it?
Norovirus can be found in minute particles of feces or vomit and transmitted by sharing food, drinking from common glasses, or through contact with cooking surfaces or utensils contaminated by someone who has norovirus.
How can you avoid food borne illness caused by norovirus in your own home?
1. If you are sick take a break from cooking. If possible let someone else do the cooking while you are ill.
2. Wash your hands before preparing food and before eating food.
3. Don’t share glasses, utensils or plates with someone who is ill and don’t eat any of the food that they have touched or partially eaten.
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/overview.html
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian