NORO “You Don’t Want It”

Norovirus  AKA “Stomach Flu” is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults...

Norovirus is not actually related to influenza/flu.  The most common symptoms of norovirus include:

  • ·vomiting,
  • ·nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach cramps,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • headache
  • muscle aches.

The virus spreads very easily from person-to-person and by contaminated food or objects. The symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after the person has been exposed and last 1-3 days. Outbreaks are most common in the winter months, when people are indoors and in close contact.

Don’t spread it!  Prevent norovirus infection by:

When you are sick with norovirus or any diarrheal illness:

·         Do NOT go to school or work. Stay home until 48 hours without symptoms.

·         Do NOT prepare or serve food until 48 hours without symptoms.

·         If you vomit or have diarrhea at school or in a public restroom, let someone know so

          they can provide proper cleaning.

Proper handwashing:

·         Wash hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, especially
     after using toilets, changing diapers and before preparing or eating food.

·         Many available hand sanitizers are not effective against norovirus.

Safe food handling:

·         Carefully wash fruits and vegetables before eating.

·         Clean and disinfect food preparation equipment and surfaces.

·         If you work with food, be sure to wash your hands every time after you use the toilet,
     even if you don’t feel sick. Consider using gloves when handling food.

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces or objects:

·         Clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated by vomit or diarrhea with a bleach-based
household cleaner.
Be sure to read the product label because some disinfectants are not
effective against norovirus.

·         Wash laundry soiled by vomit or diarrhea right away. Wear disposable gloves, remove
items carefully to avoid spreading the virus, and machine wash and dry. Clean and disinfect commonly touched areas.

There is no known treatment for norovirus infection.  Remember to drink plenty of fluids to combat dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea. See your doctor if symptoms become severe or prolonged.  

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Please visit the following site to watch a great video for children and families on Norovirus.

Please notify your school nurse if you have any students, or staff members who are experiencing these symptoms over a 1-2 day period. We want to coordinate with the Butte County Health Department in data collection and surveillance of this virus.


This information has been obtained from the CDC and the Butte County Health Department.

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