FROM FOOD SAFETY NEWS: It’s estimated that the average person will get norovirus five times during their lifetime. Approximately 20 million norovirus cases occur in the U.S. every year. Norovirus is the number one foodborne illness  in the United States, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of norovirus outbreaks occur in foodservice settings, with infected workers causing 70 percent of those outbreaks. Infected food workers often cause—and spread—norovirus outbreaks, typically because they’ve touched ready-to-eat foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, with germ-infested bare hands before serving them. Or they touch other items that have been contaminated, such as cell phones, utensils, doorknobs, etc., and spread the disease to others. Often, stool or vomit particles have caused the contamination. An individual only needs to ingest few of those particles, as few as 18 is enough, to get sick. The best way to prevent norovirus is through proper hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, then use single use towels to dry them — especially after using the restroom, and always before eating, preparing, or handling food. READ MORE