Norovirus Strikes Mid-Michigan School
The Health Department has the following advice to help prevent the spread of norovirus gastroenteritis:
- Use chlorine bleach-based cleaners to disinfect surfaces contaminated with vomit or diarrhea. Contaminated carpet or upholstered furniture needs steam cleaning.
- In case of vomit, clean within a 25 foot radius as vomiting may spread the virus through the air to surfaces where it can survive for at least 3 weeks
- Do not prepare food for others for 72 hours after symptoms end
- Do not return to school or work until symptoms have stopped and preferably 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or loose stools.