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Norovirus reaches epidemic levels
Times Online / The Sunday Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Brendan Montague

Posted on 01/12/2008 9:27:38 PM PST by PureSolace

The winter vomiting bug norovirus has struck 2.8million people, with health professionals braced for another rise as people return to schools and offices.

The virus - which causes projectile vomiting, diarrhoea, mild fevers and headaches - is striking down more than 200,000 a week, according to official estimates.

Three hospitals have been placed on red alert, while hundreds of wards up and down the country have been closed to new patients as the number of beds being taken up by bug victims reaches critical levels.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: barfalert; blowingchunks; epidemic; flu; norovirus; projectilevomiting; puke; upchuck; vomiting
So you're in the know. Please pray for everyone involved, and that this passes quickly and that people are healed.
1 posted on 01/12/2008 9:27:39 PM PST by PureSolace
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To: PureSolace

I think I had that in December.


2 posted on 01/12/2008 9:29:15 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: PureSolace

Amen. There was a thread a while back that folks taking Vitamin D are less susceptible to flu bugs.


3 posted on 01/12/2008 9:30:38 PM PST by Joya (VOTE FRED)
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To: PureSolace

I am braced...my youngest just was off school Thursday and Friday. Fever, headache, lethargy, and vomiting. He was much better today (still looks pale to me and has not appetite to speak of). Have been cleaning bathrooms, kitchen counters, everything down w/clorox wipes...don’t want it to spread to anyone else.


4 posted on 01/12/2008 9:32:22 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. Jane Austen.)
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1929828/posts

Link to “Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D”


5 posted on 01/12/2008 9:34:00 PM PST by Joya (VOTE FRED)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I had it in December also....no fun!


6 posted on 01/12/2008 9:34:44 PM PST by oldteen
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To: oldteen

I had it in December, as well. Three days of misery. My guess is it came from a Carl’s Jr. Famous Star with contaminated lettuce from a food handler. Washing my hands didn’t help.


7 posted on 01/12/2008 9:40:42 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: PureSolace

I can’t say I had this, but it’s interesting. I hadn’t puked or even been sick in years, then came down with something and puked on New Year’s Eve (no, not from drinking). I figured the guy at Domino’s poisoned me...and that was a good pizza. :(


8 posted on 01/12/2008 9:48:35 PM PST by Squeako (Clothespin Republicans: Holding our noses for lousy candidates since 1988.)
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To: PureSolace
This same crap (no pun intended) has happened every year since I can remember. What the hell is the big deal? I guess without a pandemic, they need something to crow about.....
9 posted on 01/12/2008 9:49:30 PM PST by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: PureSolace
Hospitals in Northeast Ohio are full. May or may not be the same strain but sounds similar.
10 posted on 01/12/2008 9:51:22 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: PureSolace

I’ve read that flu cases are 70% higher than this time last year in Houston. The hospitals and emergency rooms are full of flu cases in my city 3 hours west of Houston!


11 posted on 01/12/2008 9:54:57 PM PST by potlatch
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To: PureSolace

Is there a difference between “projectile vomiting” and “non-projectile vomiting”?


12 posted on 01/12/2008 10:30:03 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Lexinom

If it hits the wall across the room, it’s the former.


13 posted on 01/12/2008 10:40:07 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck is the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aren't going.)
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To: PureSolace

More info here -

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1952369/posts


14 posted on 01/12/2008 10:44:39 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: PureSolace

It does pass fairly quickly from the point of view of an unafflicted person, but it is beyond an eternity to the one suffering. Very vivid thoughts of “I wish I were dead” at least while you are coherent enough to put a sentence together. A trail of brown stuff as you crawl toward the bathroom... Anti-diarrheal medicine does nothing...And you don’t acquire resistance for the next episode.


15 posted on 01/12/2008 10:45:43 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: PureSolace
Figured a map would be good about now :-)

Flu map is too large to post.

16 posted on 01/12/2008 10:46:25 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Lawyer Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car because he hates the military.)
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To: PureSolace
Figured a map would be good about now :-)

Flu map is too large to post.

17 posted on 01/12/2008 10:47:06 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Lawyer Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car because he hates the military.)
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To: Lexinom

I think we need a $40 million dollar research grant (via congress) to assess “projectile vomiting” and non-projectile vomiting”. As head of the team....I believe the best place to conduct such research...is Bali. Like the environmentalists....I believe two years in Bali...with cheap free booze....and we could wrap up a dandy report. I’m available and ready to fly...if you guys will fix up this grant for me.


18 posted on 01/12/2008 10:49:28 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Joya

Wow, I had no idea. Thanks!


19 posted on 01/12/2008 10:50:15 PM PST by oprahstheantichrist (Stop calling them "liberals," they're Bolsheviks!)
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To: pepsionice

Will the booze perhaps play a catalytic role in the research?


20 posted on 01/12/2008 10:54:53 PM PST by Lexinom (Build the fence and call China to account. GoHunter08.com)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I actually haven’t vomited in 17 years, come to think of it...


21 posted on 01/13/2008 1:24:18 AM PST by tlj18 (Does Fred still have a chance? I sure would like to think so....)
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To: Lexinom

The projectle vomiting ain’t the problem-it’s the projectile diarrhea!

I had this stuff last weekend-it’s bad-I thought I had salmonella or some such. Until I found out a neighbor across the street had it a couple days before I got it then another neighbor up the street got it a couple days after I had it.

It’s nasty-I wouldn’t even wish it on the Crintons! I wound up having to go to the hospital. Then as I began to recuperate, my father came down with it!


22 posted on 01/13/2008 1:46:05 AM PST by snuffy smiff (the lesser of two evils... is still evil...)
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To: PureSolace

Remember, this article is about the U.K. not the U.S. (Though I myself am just getting over the flu. :) ) Peace All.


23 posted on 01/13/2008 1:48:42 AM PST by PureSolace (God save us all)
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To: PureSolace
The virus - which causes projectile vomiting...

Are they sure it's not just Hillary's campaign speeches?

24 posted on 01/13/2008 2:12:45 AM PST by Redcloak (Dingos ate my tagline.)
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To: PureSolace

24 posts and no one has blamed global warming yet??


25 posted on 01/13/2008 3:08:36 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault
"24 posts and no one has blamed global warming yet??"

Or George Bush!

26 posted on 01/13/2008 3:15:00 AM PST by sneakers (This Pennsylvania gal supports DUNCAN HUNTER for President!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
I got it and had not left the house for several days before.

This is definitely a airborne virus.

27 posted on 01/13/2008 6:12:19 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: pepsionice

I vote for it to be allowed in the next Winter Olympics. Distance, grace or arc, amount delivered and the contestants ability to quickly complete 100 push-ups after each attempt. Should be easy to do in China’s polluted environment.


28 posted on 01/13/2008 6:15:23 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: PureSolace
One area people overlook is prepared food. More now than ever get their food form a grocery store deli counter - for example premade potato salad. I think these types of items are a contributor to the more rapid spread of these types of illness. That and the news spreads so much faster over the net than in the “old” days when you would not hear about this story on the TV news or probably even in your local newspaper.
29 posted on 01/13/2008 6:21:50 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Hillary cried, New Hampshire died.)
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To: potlatch
3 hours west of Houston? You are in San Antonio? It’s one of my favorite cities.
30 posted on 01/13/2008 6:22:01 AM PST by Ditter
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To: tlj18
You keep track of such things?

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(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

31 posted on 01/13/2008 6:32:57 AM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Yep. It's definitely around her in SE PA. Both my six-year-old and my three-year-old were hit with this last Friday (the 4th). It was awful.

I've been fanatic about hand washing, and scrubbing everything with clorox clean-up.

32 posted on 01/13/2008 6:34:08 AM PST by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: PureSolace

Never heard of this particular virus. Why does it hit England so hard?


33 posted on 01/13/2008 6:35:37 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Malacoda
It's definitely around her in SE PA.

Western PA as well. The entire family has been through it. I've escaped so far. Could be the antiseptic I've been consuming through the holidays.

34 posted on 01/13/2008 6:37:41 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: PureSolace

Why do I suspect that the epidemic in England is exacerbated by their crappy nationalized health care system?


35 posted on 01/13/2008 6:45:52 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: LonePalm

Hey, I was really sick that day in 2nd grade. It’s something I would remember :-)


36 posted on 01/13/2008 7:57:23 AM PST by tlj18 (Does Fred still have a chance? I sure would like to think so....)
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To: Ditter

Should have said a bit ‘southwest’ Ditter.

I am in the largest ‘hub city’, every other larger city is 2 1/2 to 3 hours away in every direction.

My son lives in San Antonio. Many things to see there but a dangerous city for non hispanic young people at night!


37 posted on 01/13/2008 10:50:23 AM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

I am a mission FREAK. Every couple of years I make my husband go to SA and I spend the entire day in the missions. I visit them all while he sits in the car and reads. He’s a good boy!
If I lived in SA I’d go to mass there and I am not a Catholic. Then I would set up my easel and paint them but, as it is, I just walk around them and take pictures.


38 posted on 01/13/2008 11:06:01 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

You need to go to Goliad, there are two great Missions there. It’s south of me about 25 miles.

I used to oil paint and then made stained glass windows. Now I spend hours painting on graphics. You can paint your missions from the photos you take. Some good artists are in Goliad.

You have a very patient husband, lol.


39 posted on 01/13/2008 11:58:17 AM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch
Yes I have been to Goliad, I love it too. I haven’t painted the missions from my photos, I guess I keep thinking I will actually go there and paint on location or someone will offer a workshop. I think I will suggest to Bill Bush at Fredricksburg Artist School about setting up a workshop at one of the missions (not the Alamo, too crowded).

Art workshops are wonderful for relaxation and getting away from it all.

40 posted on 01/13/2008 12:06:45 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I was in SA back in 71-72 in the army at Ft. Sam Houston. We loved the river walk area. It looked so cool at night.


41 posted on 01/13/2008 2:26:39 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: PureSolace

Son, in London, says many out from his office there.....


42 posted on 01/13/2008 2:28:18 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: Right Wing Assault
The Riverwalk has gotten even better with more restaurants and stuff since you were there. It is a great place to stroll except when it’s really crowded. I almost got shoved off (accidentally) into the river last time we were there.
43 posted on 01/13/2008 2:52:35 PM PST by Ditter
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