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Food-borne Illness

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The Executive Board has prepared a list of resources that you might find useful in preparing for COVID-19. We will continue to provide additional updates as useful materials and resources are available

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) : https://www.cdc.gov/nors/ 

Foodborne Disease Outbreaks: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/index.html 

FDA has created a food safety-specific FAQ page 

The AFDO COVID-19 website now includes the following new information  http://www.afdo.org/coronavirus-resources  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a stakeholder call on Wednesday, March 18th at 3:45 p.m. ET to discuss food safety and food supply questions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  https://www.fda.gov/food/workshops-meetings-webinars-food-and-dietary-supplements/fda-briefing-foods-stakeholders-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-03182020-03182020?utm_campaign=FSMA_COVIDcall_03172020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

National Restaurant Association Resources

CDC and EPA Approved Disinfectant Resources




VDH has messaging for food establishments in the Coronovirus 2019 page:
Information for Food Establishments
Helpful information and Tips for Food Establishments

Covid-19 Emergency Information Center VA: https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-emergency-information.shtml
Directory of local health departments VA: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory?searchType=standard&lhd-state=VA#card-filter
Latest updates on Coronavirus VA: https://www.livescience.com/virginia-coronavirus-updates.html





Norovirus outbreaks are common because the virus spreads quickly from infected people to others, and through contaminated foods and surfaces. Outbreaks happen throughout the year, but most often from November to April.




Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person eats food contaminated with a small amount of feces. A person can also get hepatitis A from touching objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person.



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