Cleaning Up Norovirus in Wisconsin
Feeling under the weather this holiday season? The Wisconsin Division of Public Health has reported cases of norovirus in Madison and Dane County. While it’s not related to the flu, norovirus is sometimes called “food poisoning” or “stomach flu” because it comes on quickly with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. In fact, about half of foodborne illnesses are caused by norovirus.
Norovirus spreads in areas where there are a lot of people such as nursing homes, restaurants, hotels, schools, and cruise ships. The only illness more common is the common cold, according to statistics offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Check out the Facts and Myths about stomach bugs from Wisconsin Public Health. One to note: You can get norovirus from touching a doorknob, or from touching something that an infected person as touched. Another common way to pick up norovirus is by eating food that has been contaminated by an infected person. (Norovirus can stay in your stool for 2 weeks after you start feeling better, so it is very important to wash hands thoroughly after using the restroom.)
Take precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses in your workplace, school and at home:
- If you’re sick, don’t prepare food for others.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Regularly disinfectant high-touch surfaces.
Diversey, a Coverall preferred vendor and industry leader in commercial cleaning disinfectants, offers a complete toolkit to aid against the spread of norovirus, announced in an Infection Control Today article earlier this year.
Ask your local Coverall Support Center for more information on how the Coverall® Program can help reduce the spread of illness and infection.
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