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1 in 5 restaurant employees work with norovirus symptoms

Norovirus, the USA's leading cause of foodborne illness, has become known as the "cruise ship virus" for causing mass outbreaks of food poisoning – and misery – on the high seas. Yet only about 1% of all reported norovirus outbreaks occur on cruise ships.

It might be more accurate to call it the "salad bar virus," and not because customers are sneezing on the croutons.

But food handlers, such as cooks and waiters, cause about 70% of norovirus outbreaks related to contaminated food, mostly through touching "ready to eat" foods – such as sandwiches or raw fruit – with their bare hands, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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