Have you or your family recently been ill with vomiting and diarrhea? There is a good chance it was caused by a norovirus. Noroviruses are highly contagious viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Some people also experience headache, low grade fever, and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 48 hours.
Norovirus is transmitted by eating contaminated food (food that was prepared or handled by another ill person), by touching surfaces or objects (such as doorknobs, faucets, handles, etc.) contaminated with norovirus and then touching the mouth, and by having direct contact with a person who is infected and showing symptoms.
To prevent the spread:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Stay home if you are ill
- Disinfect with a bleach-based cleaning solution
- Do not prepare food for others if you are ill
Do you think you became ill after eating at a restaurant? Call Environmental Health at 734-222-3800.
- Norovirus fact sheet
- Norovirus cleaning guidelines
- Norovirus information from the Centers for Disease and Prevention