(WWLP) – There’s another virus that’s typically spreads during this fall. Norovirus is a stomach bug that is highly contagious and painful. The virus can be serious and anyone can get it.

Norovirus is the most common cause of intestinal issues in the U.S. and only takes a small amount of the virus to get a person sick. Dehydration is a major effect of this virus, especially with young children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses. There are no vaccines and no drugs to treat norovirus.

The CDC offers some information on how to prevent the virus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be used but should not be a substitute to washing your hands.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly. The Norovirus is resistant and can survive in temperatures of up to 140 degrees. Keep sick infants and kids away from foods being handled and prepared.
  • Do not prepare food for others when you are sick with Norovirus until at least two to three days after you recover.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. You can use a chlorine bleach solution with a concentration of 1000-5000 ppm (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water), or other disinfectant effective against the Norovirus.
  • Wash your laundry thoroughly that may be contaminated. Handle soiled items carefully, wear rubber gloves or disposable gloves while handling soiled items and wash your hands after. Was clothes with detergent at the maximum cycle length available and machine dry them.