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Norovirus is one of the “Big Six” microorganisms that are highly infectious and can cause severe foodborne illnesses. Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S., causing as many as 21 million illnesses each year, over 100,000 hospitalizations and 900 deaths.
For more information on this viral pathogen and what solutions you can use to combat the threat of an outbreak in your business, check out our knowledge sheet.
Norovirus is the pathogen responsible for approximately 60% of the gastroenteritis illnesses from known pathogens, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This highly infectious virus is transmitted very easily from person to person as well as through food such as salads, sandwiches, and baked goods that have been cross-contaminated by an infected food handler. Additionally, undercooked shellfish such as oysters harvested from norovirus-contaminated water have caused a number of outbreaks.
The pathogen is present in the feces and vomit of infected people in very high concentrations. Since viruses are so small, they can spread in the air to approximately 25 feet from the location where an ill person vomits.
By implementing these procedures, you can greatly reduce the risk of a norovirus outbreak in your business.
If you are currently experiencing a Norovirus outbreak, Steritech offers Crisis Management assistance. We also provide a broad range of health and safety services that aim to reduce the risk of transmission of food-borne illnesses. Contact us today to learn more.