norovirusNoroviruses are a grouping of genetically different single-stranded RNA. Within these norovirus groups they can be broken down into five subcategories. 3 of these norovirus groups are prone for human contagion and 2 that are animal specific only; one for mice and one for pigs. Norovirus is transmitted usually from feces to mouth. Sometimes directly from person to person or indirectly through contaminated water or poorly prepared food. Examples of direct ways one could get Norovirus wouldinclude shaking hands, holding hands with a family member, and touching a doorknob to a bathroom (exit or entrance). Indirect examples would be ingesting shellfish, eating food where the cook did not wash their hands, or unclean municipal water source/ice.

Norovirus Symptoms, Prevention, and Clean-up

Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, cramps, fluid diarrhea, malaise, low-temp fevers, and body ache. Symptoms usually show up in the first two days of contracting a Norovirus infection. However not all people who have a norovirus infection will show any of these symptoms or all of them. A trip to the Doctor is warranted if you have extreme vomiting, blood in your stool, stomach pain or dehydration. If your diarrhea doesn’t go away in a few days also contact your doctor and schedule an appointment. Prevention and containment is simple wash, wash, and more washing. Wash your hands especially after using the restroom and before handling food. Wash fruits and vegetables and make sure all seafood is fully cooked. Wash and clean your laundry/environment. Norovirus can live for weeks on a hard surface, 12 days on clothing/fabrics, and months in still water. Norovirus can be avoided by keeping a clean environment and to avoid people gatherings like schools, hospitals, or hotels.

Professional Industrial Cleaners

Norovirus can be deadly to small children, elderly people, and people with immune systems at risk. 300 people are estimated to die from Norovirus each year in the U.S. 11th Hour is a company that has experience professionally cleaning and sanitizing all environments; industrial or residential. If you are fighting norovirus or know someone who has had it and has brought it to your work or residential environment you might be wondering what to do or how to clean it, and how to have plan of action to make sure no one else gets sick or exposed. We can help with all of that and more.

11th Hour phones are available 24/7. Call us for all types of cleanup locally in Minnesota at 612-251-3275 or 952-261-4248.