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Published On: Sun, Dec 16th, 2012

New Mexico health experts say norovirus cases seen throughout state, offers preventive recommendations

Image/The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Image/The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) is advising state residents of the presence of norovirus being seen throughout the state, according to a NMDH press release late last week.

Health officials say its important that people take the necessary precautions to avoid this unpleasant disease, particularly  the very young, elderly and immunocompromised who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection.

State Epidemiologist Michael Landen, M.D. says, “Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from norovirus.”

If you have norovirus infection , stay home to avoid passing it on to others and definitely keep away from people in long-term care facilities.”

Specifically, the NMDH recommends  the public do the following to minimize the risk of norovirus infection:

Wash your hands with soapy water for 20 seconds

  • After using the bathroom
  • After changing diapers
  • Before preparing foods
  • Before eating
  • Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces with a household bleach solution immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents.
  • Avoid preparing food for others while you have symptoms and for at least 3 days after you recover.
  • Avoid visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities if you are ill.

People become infected with norovirus by:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids contaminated by an infected person.
  • Touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their mouth or eating without washing their hands first.

If you have norovirus you should:

  • Drink plenty of fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.
  • Wash your hands often and do not prepare food for others.
  • Stay away from hospitals and long-term care facilities where there are individuals who could have more serious complications.
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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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