Noroviruses, a common cause of gastroenteritis, generate havoc as the nation’s No.1 cause of foodborne disease and epidemic diarrhea. Acute gastroenteritis is the second most frequent cause of illness in the United States, with only the common cold occurring more frequently. The sharp increase in norovirus outbreaks has been attributed to a new, more aggressive viral strain designated GII.4. Healthcare professionals across disciplines can limit the transmission of norovirus by paying meticulous attention to handwashing and by encouraging coworkers and visitors to do the same. Healthcare professionals should follow the recommended standard precautions or other specific precautions designated for special populations.
The goal of this norovirus continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, athletic trainers, pharmacists, physicians and radiologic technologists with information about norovirus infection, sometimes called “stomach flu,” “stomach bug,” “24-hour flu,” “infectious diarrhea” or “food poisoning.” After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Name three reasons why noroviruses are transmitted so easily in closed settings
- Explain why some people are more likely to become infected with norovirus than others
- List the clinical criteria used to differentiate norovirus gastroenteritis from bacterial or parasitic gastroenteritis
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists and radiologic technologists.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.