Health Alert! New Strain of NOROVIRUS (stomach flu) circulating US.

IF YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING…..BEWARE!!!!

Raw fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Cooked foods, Restaurant or cafeteria dishes, flatware, glasses, tables and countertops,  door handles, elevator buttons, faucets and taps in restrooms, toilet seats, money, ATMs and point-of-sales machines. Escalator or stair railings, all surfaces on public transportation, and …………………………… other people!

NOROVIRUS IS LURKING EVERYWHERE!!!!

Writing this post after James came down with a nasty stomach bug, that took a week to fully Figure 3: Known Causes of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks, U.S., 2006-2010. Norovirus 49%; Bacteria 40%; Chemicals 6%; Parasites 1%; Other/Multiple 4%.manifest itself. He’s doing better, thank God, but………………now I’ve got it, and get to experience what James had to suffer through. Neither of us have been to the doctor, so it’s not a confirmed case, also (luckily) seems to be a weaker strain (I’d guess), since Norovirus is responsible for 70,000 hospitalization a year, and 800 deaths.

Why I’m writing this is bcuz I’d never heard of Norovirus before, and….it’s serious shit. It’s a STICKY virus that CANNOT be washed off anything, even with the most stringent methods….like running dishes through automatic dishwashers with really hot soapy water, and rinsing in bleach solutions. You can’t scrub it off in the shower, and…washing your hands, followed by antibacterial gel does not get rid of it! That makes any place with a large number of people = dangerous. Add food service = really dangerous!! Schools, daycares, nursing homes, cruise ships, restaurants, etc. People need to be educated about this new strain of Norovirus.

James and I are home-bodies, and it seems like every time we go out anywhere densely populated, we get sick. Really sick. Last time was Walmart’s Black Friday sale, which was really stupid, bcuz the time before that was Walmart’s Black Friday sale (the year before)!!!! This time, it was a playground, and a meal at a local Mexican restaurant.

CDC says, you only have to be exposed to a couple of particle to get sick. People can disperse millions of particles, simply through SHEDDING. Shedding can occur for 2 weeks or more after the infected person feels better. 

James spent 2 days vomiting all over me, himself, and just about everything else. Vomiting Larry below……gives a good idea of exactly why I’m sick. I’ve got a LOT of laundry and cleaning up to do, and despite my commitment to only using homemade, green cleaners and soaps….I’m on my way to the store to buy a jug of BLEACH for a top-to-bottom scrub down of the house!!!!! I feel like S–T!!!! The last thing I want to do is clean the entire house! 🙁

The virus itself can live on practically anything, for up to 12 hours, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. (The flu virus can even live on household pets!) On contaminated surfaces such as carpet, norovirus has been shown to survive up to 12 days.

‘Sticky’ Stomach Flu Virus Stands Up to Typical Restaurant Dishwashing Measures

 “These results would indicate that the neither the detergents nor sanitizers used in current cleaning protocols are effective against the norovirus at the currently used concentrations.”

“Norovirus spreads rapidly through confined populations and can easily contaminate food or water. Numerous point-source outbreaks are attributed to contaminated water sources where food is grown and cultivated or through the improper handling of food by infected handlers,” said Kurt Stevenson, professor of internal medicine and epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Stevenson, who was not part of the study, helped author guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control on preventing and controlling norovirus outbreaks in a healthcare setting, also noted that norovirus causes an estimated 91,000 emergency room visits and 23,000 hospitalizations for severe diarrhea among children under the age of five.

Stil doesn’t hurt to practice…

  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before handling food.
  • Carefully wash produce and seafood before cooking and consuming them.
  • If you’re sick, wait two to three days after you recover before preparing food for anyone.
  • Immediately clean any infected or contaminated surfaces and wash laundry thoroughly.

CDC: Norovirus is now the leading cause of severe gastroenteritis in US children

Norovirus is the leading cause of illness from contaminated food in the United States. About 50% of all outbreaks of food-related illness are caused by norovirus

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