By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

New York City health officials are reporting an increase in norovirus infections with outbreaks seen in congregate settings like schools, child care programs, and assisted living facilities.


During December 2019, the New York City Health Department received 353 reports of norovirus infection among NYC residents, more than twice the number of reports received in November 2019.

Officials remind health practitioners, patients and staff to wash their hands often with warm water and soap, especially when caring for someone who is sick, before touching or eating food, and after using the

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Clean any surfaces that may be contaminated with norovirus or become dirty from vomit or stool
immediately with a 10% bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water).

Clean high-touch surfaces such as handrails, doorknobs, floors, elevator buttons, faucets, and toilets

They also recommend acutely ill children stay home from school and child care programs. Staff who are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea and work in child care, schools, and medical care settings, and employees who handle food should stay home until 48 hours after they are no longer sick. Staff who
develop illness at work should be sent home.

GI viruses, such as norovirus, can spread very rapidly in facilities and other congregate settings. The primary symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting and diarrhea, which typically last 24 to 48 hours.