The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) gives steps on how to prevent exposure to and spread of norovirus, an illness that typically occurs during the winter months.
DPH has invested a number of suspected and confirmed norovirus outbreaks since the first report on Jan. 3. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Some people may experience fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, or a general sense of tiredness.
The following steps to prevent exposure to and spread of norovirus:
- Noroviruses can be difficult to kill with normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Surfaces that have been contaminated with stool or vomit should be cleaned immediately and disinfected with a freshly prepared diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach:10 parts water) or a bleach-based household cleaner. Never use undiluted bleach).
- If you are ill with vomiting or diarrhea, you should not go to work, school, or attend daycare.
- Healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals, may restrict visitation of sick family members or friends for the safety of not only the ill persons but also the visitors.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. This is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against norovirus since hand sanitizers alone are not as effective against the virus as hand washing.
For more information, visit dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/norwalkfaq.pdf.