"The best way to stop the spread of norovirus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and stay home from work or school if you are sick," Dr. Sharon Balter, director of enteric disease for the New York City Health Department's Bureau of Communicable Disease, said in a prepared statement. "Norovirus is common at this time of year and is not serious for most people, but it is important to take these steps to keep others from getting sick."
Imperato agreed. "Hand-washing remains the foundation of preventing the spread of norovirus," he said.
For more on norovirus, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES Shua Chai, M.D., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Pascal James Imperato, M.D., distinguished service professor, and chairman, department of preventive medicine and community health, and director, master of public health program, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York City; news release, New York City health department; Jan. 4, 2008, CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report