January 29, 2013 |
Though leafy greens accounted for the most U.S. food-related illnesses, poultry caused the most deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The Atlanta-based agency examined 4,589 food-related disease outbreaks from 1998 to 2008, the first comprehensive study of its kind by the agency. The CDC looked at outbreaks across 17 food categories and found that almost half of all outbreaks originated from leafy greens, which include lettuce and spinach.
May 9, 2012 |
A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls' soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. Norovirus is a common, easily spread virus that causes various forms of gastric distress. It is "the perfect human pathogen" because it is highly contagious, rapidly and prolifically spread, produces limited immunity and is only moderately virulent, which allows it to continue spreading, said Dr. Aron J. Hall of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an editorial accompanying the report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
January 31, 2012 |
Norovirus took the top spot for infection outbreaks in U.S. hospitals from 2008 to 2009 and was responsible for most department closures as well, a study finds. Researchers looked at 822 survey results from hospitals around the country that reported on outbreak investigations, what triggered them and how they were controlled. In the two years of the study there were 386 outbreak investigations that 289 hospitals reported. Outbreak investigations were most often located in medical or surgical intensive care units, and almost a third took place in locations such as rehab units, emergency departments, skilled nursing facilities and long-term acute care hospitals.
December 29, 2010 |
Stomach illnesses peak in winter -- sometimes spread from person to person, sometimes spread via food handled by a sick person. The reason doesn’t really matter, though, when you feel horrible. And, unlike the flu, there's no vaccine you can take to prevent an infection. Beyond campylobacter, salmonella and E. coli (all bacteriums), one of the most common culprits in food-borne illnesses is norovirus, also known as viral gastroenteritis. It's more commonly called the stomach flu -- though it's not remotely related to the flu. This story from the Allentown Morning Call reports the toll such viruses are taking in one state: "In the first three months of this year, nursing homes in Pennsylvania reported 4,040 norovirus cases — nearly twice as many as those reported in all the nine prior months combined.
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October 8, 2008 |
Los Angeles County public health officials said Tuesday the gastrointestinal virus that has sickened hundreds of students at USC in recent days is the norovirus, which has periodically stricken other campuses, cruise ships and nursing homes across the nation. USC officials said the number of USC students sickened by the virus had risen to 330 by Tuesday, although the rate of increase had slowed so much that campus doctors suggested the worst may be over in the five-day outbreak. -- Larry Gordon
January 29, 2007 |
The flu may be getting a late start this year, but we haven't escaped virus-induced misery. Noroviruses, which cause gastrointestinal illness, appear to be more widespread and severe than usual this winter, federal health officials say. For those who've succumbed, no explanation is necessary. Those who haven't are lucky. Noroviruses -- actually a group of about 40 strains of virus -- cause intense vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and fever.