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Protect yourself from norovirus

Posted on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 — 9:12 AM

The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating multiple outbreaks of norovirus across the region. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

To keep your family and coworkers safe, practice these simple precautions:

  • Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet or changing diapers and before eating or handling food.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.
  • If you are sick, do not prepare food or provide health care for others for 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved.
  • If a family member or coworker has been sick with vomiting or diarrhea, wipe down any surfaces they touched with a bleach-based cleaner.
  • Keep breakroom refrigerators clean, and discard leftover food after 48 hours.

More information on norovirus is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact: Occupational Health Clinic, (615) 936-0955