Unconfirmed cases of Norovirus are suspected in an outbreak that started this week in northeast Kansas, based on symptoms of 21 infected individuals. Norovirus can cause severe flu-like symptoms, but is generally of shorter (if often much more intense) duration.
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Norovirus is of spread by direct contact either by ingestion of the virus on foods or drink, or through contact with skin, common touchpoint surfaces, or laundry that have been contaminated. Contaminated hands can result in ingestion or infection through another route such as the nose or eyes.
A main route of norovirus infection involves cross-contamination, which requires a commonly shared surface, bedding or clothing harboring the virus until it can be transferred to the hands of another person. Custodial staffs can play an important role in breaking the cycle for that reason. Frequent hand washing and washing at critical times can also break the cycle. Here are two illustrations of the critical points in both the infection process, and breaking the infection cycle.
THE CYCLE OF INFECTION
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INFECTION
The best time to consider various outbreaks is to put together a plan of action in advance of events. PUR-O-ZONE has a process for doing this we would be glad to assist you with that which includes:
1 - YOUR CURRENT CHEMISTRY disinfection system efficacy
2 - CURRENT DISINFECTION PROTOCOLS
3 - AUGMENTATION - Adding specific chemistry or procedures for the specific threat
4 - CLEANING STAFF REVIEW of Cleaning for Health procedures
5 - THE SPECIFIC HEALTH THREAT
6 - BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION & EDUCATION SUPPORTS - information to update and advise building stakeholders, employees, students, parents and interested public agencies