ATLANTA, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With the current global outbreak of the Sydney strain of norovirus,i hand washing hygiene has never been more important. This highly contagious form of gastrointestinal virus can live on surfaces for weeks and is commonly communicated by touching a contaminated surface and then putting hands or fingers in the mouth.ii,iii When it comes to preventing norovirus, hand sanitizer is no substitute for washing hands with soap and water, which is the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) recommendation for preventing its spread. future2