Norovirus Prevention

Norovirus is an infectious gastrointestinal illness with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain.  It is the number one cause of diarrhea and vomiting outbreaks. Therefore, cleaning common touch surfaces with a product that is proven effective for killing Norovirus is essential (for more information, refer to University Health Service, Norovirus-Like Symptoms).

Up to 82% of the cases are transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or touching contaminated surfaces.

Sanitizer Sprays or Wipes

Use sanitizer sprays or wipes to disinfect the following surfaces:

  • Doorknobs
  • Toilets
  • Counters
  • Faucets
  • Hand Rails
  • Chairs (including backs)
  • Shower Stalls
  • Sinks
  • Tables
  • All High Touch Surface

Sanitizer Wipes Only

Because sprays may damage the following items, only use wipes to disinfect them:

  • Light Switches
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Elevator Buttons
  • Vending Machines

The following products are available through M-Marketsite.  If you do not have access to M-Marketplace to order the sanitizers, complete the following steps to obtain the URLs for the sanitizers and give it to the person who orders supplies for you.

  1. Go to the University of Michigan Web site.
  2. Next to Quick Links, click , then select Wolverine Access > Faculty & Staff.
  3. In the middle column, under Finance, click M-Marketplace Browse Only.
  4. Click the Office Depot/Office Max Search for the product you would like to order.
  5. Place the order or copy the URL and send it to the administrative assistant.

Food Contact Surface Approved Sanitizers

Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer (Spray Bottles)

Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer (Refill)


Bleach Cleaning Procedures

Non-Food Contact Surfaces

Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Spray Bottles

Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Refill

Oxivir Tb

Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes

The following documents are print-friendly versions of the content on this Web page for your convenience.  You can use these documents to inform faculty, staff, students, and visitors about Norovirus prevention.

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