What is norovirus?Noroviruses are a group of viruses that are the most common causes of stomach bugs. Norovirus is also known as ‘winter vomiting disease', ‘Norwalk-like virus' or ‘small round structured virus' and affects between 600,000 and one million people of all ages in the UK every year.
How do you catch it?
Norovirus spreads very easily from one person to another. You can catch it through contact with an infected person, by touching contaminated surfaces or objects or through contaminated food and drink.
Food that can occasionally cause norovirus infection include shellfish that have not been cooked properly and unwashed raw fruit and vegetables.
While it is not always possible to prevent becoming infected, there are simple, practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. These include always washing your hands after going to the toilet and before handling food, cooking food thoroughly and cleaning all food preparation areas and utensils before and after use.
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