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  • Norovirus

    Prevent and control norovirus at home.


    • Is highly contagious.
    • Causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, often at the same time.
    • Is the same virus often related to cruise ship outbreaks.

    Cleaning for norovirus

    Clean vomit or diarrhea accidents immediately.

    Step 1. Remove vomit or poop.

    • Pick up the chunks with paper towels or other disposable material.
    • Soak up liquids with absorbent materials. Use kitty litter or dry oatmeal for carpeted areas.
    • Double bag and discard.
    • Do not use a vacuum cleaner.

    Step 2. Sanitize.

    • Disinfect hard surfaces using 1 2/3 cups of household bleach per gallon of water. Allow for 1 minute of contact time.
    • Sanitize all handles and knobs in your house with the bleach solution.
    • Linens (including clothing, towels, napkins): Wash separately in hot water and dry on high.
    • Steam clean carpets using the highest setting for heat.
    • Avoid cross-contamination (use separate sanitation cloths for bathroom and other surfaces).
    • Clean and disinfect all containers used (e.g., buckets).


    Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after cleaning, restroom use and before eating.

    Keep norovirus at bay

    Beat the bug before it bites! View and print our norovirus infographic:

    Norovirus infographic