Toronto - Toronto Public Health is reminding the public that careful handwashing is key to preventing Norovirus infections, commonly referred to as “stomach flu,” which are more prevalent in the winter months and typically peak in January and February.
Symptoms of these infections include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, body aches, and a mild fever. Symptoms may last up to three days, and most people recover without medical attention.
“Although these viruses can make you feel really bad for a couple of days, they generally do not cause serious illness for healthy individuals,” said Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health. “However, they are highly contagious and so we advise people who are sick to stay home, stay well hydrated and call their doctor if their symptoms last longer than a couple of days.”
Noroviruses are present in the stool and vomit of infected people and are spread primarily through person-to-person contact, or contamination of food prepared by a person with the illness. The following precautions can help prevent the spread of noroviruses: