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What is it?

Norovirus is the most common cause of non-bacterial foodborne illness and gastroenteritis each year, with more than 267 million worldwide cases typically reported each year. Although it usually isn’t dangerous and most people recover within days, as many as 200,000 deaths are reported annually.

How is it spread?

It is easily spread from infected people, contaminated foods, water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Typical Symptoms

Fever, headache, body aches, loss of taste, dizziness, decrease in urination, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Most at risk

Anyone can be infected with norovirus, but young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised persons are most at risk. People remain contagious two weeks after recovery.

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Food Safety