Summer is the time when all kinds of bugs can get you, including those that don’t crawl or fly.
Deb Scholten, director of the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in Wayne, says food safety can get away from us when we’re planning picnics on these warm days.
“It’s really important to keep your food refrigerated and out of the hot sun,” Scholten says. “It can turn rancid and cause a lot of food-borne illnesses very easily.”
Scholten says if you have a sick child, you need to keep them away from public pools.
“Even though there’s chlorine in the pools that is supposed to dillute and kill most germs, if you have a norovirus that is transmitted through diahrea, it takes very little, it just takes a drop and it can contaminate a very large area of water,” Scholten says.
Scholten says that applies to adults as well.
Noroviruses have sickened hundreds of cruise ship passengers.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton