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Norovirus: Norovirus: Reduce Your Risk

Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Reviewed 2013 by Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Norovirus is a common viral infection of the digestive system. For the past twenty years, norovirus causes more than half of the foodborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota. The Centers of Disease Control considers norovirus the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps are classic signs of norovirus illness. Symptoms begin one or two days after eating or drinking "infected" food or liquids. The illness is short lived, lasting 24 to 48 hours. Sometimes people infected with norovirus are not sick with symptoms but can still pass the illness to others.

Norovirus is a human disease and is easily spread from person to person by eating food touched by an infected person or touching a surface containing the virus.

Remember the facts and follow these food safety rules to reduce your risk of norovirus.

Report Norovirus illness or other food-related illness to the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-366-3455.

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