Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis or ‘‘the 24 hour summer tummy upset’’.
It is easily spread when people eat food or drink fluids contaminated with the virus.
Strict hand hygiene is important. Clean hands properly – 20 seconds to wash and 20 seconds to dry after going to the toilet, before handling food and after touching anything that may be contaminated with norovirus.
Cook food thoroughly – the virus dies when food is steaming hot.
Source your shellfish from a reputable supplier. Human sewage and sewage polluted water can contaminate shellfish beds.
Avoid contact with infants, the elderly or those with long term illness until you are free of all norovirus symptoms.
Don’t handle food until you are free of all symptoms for at least 24 hours.