Name That Bug!

• I am a virus and not affected by treatment with antibiotics

• I am very contagious

• I am easily transmitted from person to person through the fecal-oral route due to infected food handlers who either do not wash their hands or wash their hands improperly after using the bathroom

• I am found in some municipal water supplies, recreational lakes, swimming pools, wells, or even water stored on cruise ships

• I am found in raw (or improperly steamed) shellfish, especially clams and oysters

• You can pick me up off of surfaces (touching an infected doorknob and then placing hands in mouth)

• Both stool and vomit are very infectious

• I attack quickly and people feel suddenly very sick

• My symptoms usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramping and last 24 – 60 hours • I have the ability to create large outbreaks

• A little bit of me goes a long way Who am I?

Photo courtesy of NC University - Virology Department

Yep! Norovirus. The number one outbreak in the United States. And what is the best defense? Proper handwashing!

CDC on Norovirus

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