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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
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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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