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CDC aims to stop norovirus

May 13, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines in an attempt to prevent and control norovirus outbreaks in health care settings, according to a press release.

The CDC recognizes that several states have developed guidelines to assist both health care institutions and communities on preventing the transmission of norovirus infections, the release stated.

According to the release, the guidelines include recommendations related to patient isolation precautions, hand hygiene, patient transfer and ward closure, indirect patient care staff, diagnostics, personal protective equipment, environmental cleaning, staff leave, visitors, education and communication.

The CDC says future studies are needed in such areas as comparing norovirus strains — focusing on the differences in their survival and persistence after cleaning and disinfection — and assessing health care-focused risk factors such as the duration of patient isolation and hand hygiene policies during outbreaks of norovirus, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.

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