Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program

Norovirus

Norovirus includes a group of viruses that cause “stomach flu” or gastroenteritis in people. Individuals may become very sick with acute vomiting and diarrhea lasting 1-2 days. These viruses are the most common cause of food-borne outbreaks. This virus is extremely contagious and can spread rapidly through congregated facilities such as day-care, long term care and school environments. The virus can spread person-to-person, through contact with surfaces in the environment and through contaminated food and beverages.

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