Georgia issues norovirus warning

Health officials say norovirus associated with food service workers

Published On: Jan 29 2013 10:56:07 AM EST
ATLANTA, Ga. -

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness is warning residents about a new strain of norovirus that is spreading.

The department has investigated several outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease associated with food service establishments.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Some people may have fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and a general sense of tiredness.

The most important step in controlling the spread of this virus is regular hand washing with soap and water.

Experts said noroviruses are notoriously difficult to kill with normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

There is no specific treatment for norovirus.

The CDC recommends that employees of food service establishments remain vigilant in executing the following procedures.

-Do not prepare food while sick or three days after the illness ends
-Wash hands carefully and frequently with soap and water
-Wash fruits and vegetables and cook shellfish thoroughly
-Clean and disinfect kitchen utensils, counters, and surfaces that may have norovirus on them
-Wash table linens, napkins, and other laundry thoroughly