• Norovirus Update

    Tuesday February 21, 2012

    Healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and hospitals, are the most commonly reported settings for norovirus outbreaks in the United States. The virus can be introduced into healthcare facilities by infected patients/residents--who may or may not be showing symptoms--or by staff, visitors, or contaminated food products. Outbreaks in these settings can be quite long-sometimes lasting months-and illness can be more severe, occasionally even fatal, in hospitalized or nursing home patients than for otherwise healthy persons.

    Noroviruses are responsible for about half of all reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping caused by inflammation of the stomach and intestines). While the vast majority of norovirus illnesses are not part of a recognized cluster, outbreaks provide important information on how the virus is spread and, therefore, how best to prevent infection.  Norovirus outbreaks occur throughout the year, but over 80% of them occur during November-April. In addition, norovirus outbreaks tend to increase periodically when new strains of the virus appear. The virus can be spread through food, water, by touching things that have the virus on them, as well as directly from person to person. There is no long-lasting immunity to norovirus; thus, outbreaks can affect people of all ages and in a variety of settings

    Due to the recently reported outbreaks of the norovirus in Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities we have attached several CDC norovirus related documents.

    For more information we encourage you to visit the CDC web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus.htm

    Norovirus-Guideline for Healthcare Settings-2011

    Norovirus Worksheet

    Norovirus Poster

    Norovirus Comm Framework

    Norovirus Case Fact Sheet

    NoroVirus-Management of Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings

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