Puking Cheerleader Leads to Outbreak

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A cheerleading competition in Washington was the backdrop for an outbreak of norovirus. This Food Safety Infosheet describes steps to take to avoid the spread of the virus.


  • Over 220 at cheerleading competition fall ill with norovirus.
  • The outbreak likely started when a participant showed up at the competition while ill.
  • Health officials believe that the outbreak grew because affected individuals vomited in public.
  • Chlorine bleach can inactivate norovirus; Quaternary ammonia (quats) are not recommended because they aren’t effective.
  • A 5,000 ppm (25 tablespoons 5.25% bleach per gallon of water). bleach solution should be applied to soiled areas for at least 4 minutes.

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org