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How can norovirus be prevented?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

If you want to avoid catching norovirus, there are some things you can do. Always washing your hands well before and after eating and avoiding putting your fingers and other unwashed objects (like pens, railings) in your mouth. When visiting places, eat food that is cooked and served hot, drink beverages from sealed containers, avoid ice and only eat fresh produce if you have washed it with clean water or peeled it yourself.

If you do happen to catch norovirus, you can help prevent the spread of disease by practicing good hygiene and avoiding public places when you are unwell. The most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of norovirus is to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands well, handling and preparing food safely, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly, and washing laundry thoroughly. You should also avoid contact with others if you are experiencing the symptoms of norovirus infection, and a few days afterwards. Avoid preparing food during this time as well.

For more information regarding norovirus, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC features. Prevent the spread of norovirus. Available at: (accessed 18 October 2018).

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cruise ship travel. Available at: (accessed 2 November 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.10.0371 - Date of preparation November 2018