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  • Have you ever heard of norovirus?

  • You've probably gotten sick from it before.

  • Some people call norovirus "the stomach bug".

  • The virus infects your stomach or intestines.

  • It causes stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting.

  • Millions of people get sick with norovirus every year, and thousands end up in the hospital.

  • Norovirus can make you very sick for a few days.

  • You can spread norovirus to other people while you're sick, and even after symptoms go away.

  • Norovirus spreads really fast.

  • You can get infected with norovirus if you get poop or vomit on your hands, then put your fingers in your mouth.

  • This can happen if you shake hands with a person with norovirus, take care of them while they're sick, or handle their soiled laundry.

  • Norovirus can also stay on surfaces and objects.

  • So, if you touch something that has norovirus on it, you can get sick.

  • Other ways you can get norovirus are eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.

  • You can help protect yourself from norovirus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds every time, and avoid touching your mouth.

  • It is especially important to wash your hands before handling food or after using the bathroom or changing your baby's diaper.

  • Disinfect surfaces and objects in your home.

  • You can get rid of norovirus on surfaces by wiping them down with a bleach-based cleaner.

  • Wash clothes and linens that might have poop or vomit on them, and then machine dry.

  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables before you serve them, and cook shellfish, such as oysters, thoroughly.

  • If you're sick with norovirus, stay home and drink plenty of liquids so you don't get dehydrated.

  • Remember, you can spread norovirus even after your symptoms go away,

  • so, avoid taking care of others or preparing food for them until at least two days after you start feeling better.

  • Staying healthy helps others in your family stay healthy, too.

  • That's especially important for young children and elderly people.

  • Norovirus is the number one reason young children visit the doctor for diarrhea.

  • Children in daycare or schools are especially at risk for getting sick.

  • Elderly people also have a higher chance of getting norovirus and suffering from complications,

  • particularly those in long-term care facilities like nursing homes.

  • You can help.

  • Put prevention first, and squash the stomach bug.

Have you ever heard of norovirus?

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