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Taiwan CDC issues warning as Norovirus cases increases, maintain proper hygiene

Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns the public for increased cases of norovirus-induced gastroenteritis where health authorities recorded over 138,000 cases.

Norovirus is typically peak between November and March in Taiwan, according to the CDC.

Norovirus infection can cause the sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or contaminated surfaces. You can also be infected through close contact with an infected person, per Mayo Clinic.

Outbreaks often occur in densely populated institutions like schools, workeplace, which means good hygiene is key to preventing the spread of the disease. Seek medical attention if you develop diarrhea that doesn't go away within several days. 

For prevention, wash your hands thoroughly, avoid contaminated food and water, improve hygiene daily, wash fruits and vegetables before eating, cook seafood thoroughly and observe proper hygiene. 


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