Norovirus poster

This graphic highlights 5 tips to help prevent the spread of norovirus. 

Updated on Jan. 30

The University of Virginia on Wednesday said seven people at the school have confirmed cases of norovirus.

The virus is highly contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The most effective protection,” according to an email sent by the university, “is frequently washing your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is NOT a substitute for washing hands, as it does not remove norovirus particles.”

According to the CDC, norovirus is spread by having direct contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food or water and touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth.

The UVa email notes that norovirus “is most contagious from the onset of symptoms to a couple of days after recovering from the virus, but the virus can continue to be spread for two weeks or more after those with the virus are feeling better.”

The UVa Department of Student Health & Wellness advises that anyone with symptoms suggesting norovirus stay home and call Student Health General Medicine at (434) 982-3915.

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