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CDC advises the public to maintain hygiene to prevent Norovirus disease

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a call Friday to all the public to observe cleanliness at these times as it is the peak season for Norovirus.

According to the CDC Norovirus disease is a cause of highly contagious virus that produces symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.  It usually attacks between November and March in Taiwan.

In the last four weeks there have been 24 cluster infections of diarrhea cases confirmed in Taiwan due to Norovirus.  And in that time a total of 55 cluster cases were affected by this disease, says CDC.

In a CNA interview with Deputy Director-General Philip Lo he said Norovirus was transmitted through the Fecal-oral route.  And it often happens in institutions that are crowded with people such as schools.  So his advice is to clean it well because it is the key to preventing the spread of the disease.

Lo , also said it is important to wash your hands with soap.  A recent survey found that poor handwashing practices are practiced mostly by junior high school students in Taiwan.  In this survey, 91.6% of students wash their hands after using the bathroom, 24.1% wash their hands before eating and only 12.2% use soap every time.  This is the result of a survey conducted on 5,703 students of 60 junior high schools in Taiwan.

Lo advised that to reduce the risk of developing this disease, students should practice themselves in adopting good hygiene including hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds before eating and after use a bathroom.  He also advised the public to eat only cooked foods, and separate raw and cooked foods.  And people living with Norovirus symptoms should stay at home for at least 48 hours until the virus stops.

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