Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by a viral infection. Among the viruses that cause gastroenteritis, norovirus is the most common cause of epidemic outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis as well as foodborne illnesses in Taiwan. It can affect people of all age and brings on some nasty symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms typically last for up to two days.
Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread quickly. As few as 10 virus particles can result in infection, and the virus is most typically spread through the consumption of food or water accidentally contaminated with residual fecal matter from an infected person.
Here, Changhua County Public Health Bureau introduces the following 3 ways to prevent viral gastroenteritis.
1.Wash hands with soap and water before eating and handling food, and after going to the toilet.
2.Ensure all food are cooked thoroughly.
3.Be very careful when handling patient’s vomit.
Photo credit: Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC).