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  • California chefs, bartenders may win back right to touch your food with their bare hands

    06/30/2014 9:03:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 27, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    It looks like California chefs, bartenders and deli workers might be able to take off those hated rubber gloves. Gov. Jerry Brown was presented Thursday with AB2130 -- a "do-over" bill would repeal a law requiring those handling food that goes directly to diners wear gloves and mandating that they change those gloves with every new plate or fruit garnish on a drink. The law took effect in January, but following a backlash from the public and the foodservice industry, the state legislature voted to repeal the ban. "We're grateful the assemblyman was willing to roll (the bill) back, hit...
  • Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

    01/31/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Be sure to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly... About 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food. And nearly half of all food poisonings were attributed to produce in general, when illnesses from other fruits and vegetables were added in... Many of the vegetable-related illnesses come from norovirus, which is often spread by cooks and food handlers. So contamination sometimes has more to do with the kitchen or restaurant it came from then the food itself...
  • Doctors Warn of New Stomach ‘Superbug’ Hitting U.S.

    01/27/2013 6:37:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 121 replies
    abc ^ | Janaury 26, 2013. | Richard Besser
    In an average year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21 million Americans get the norovirus, with classic stomach flu symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Eight hundred die. Symptoms come on very suddenly, within hours after a person has been exposed to it. Because no one has immunity to this new strain, more Americans — perhaps 50 percent more, the CDC says — could become violently ill. While the flu is spread mostly in the air by sneezes and coughs and a person needs to breathe in as many as 1,000 virus particles to get...
  • Explosive CDC Omission: Norovirus Spread Through Reusable Grocery Bags

    10/29/2012 8:00:06 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 10/27/2012 | Capitol Confidential
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its website to include a norovirus toolkit advising the ways in which one might contract the killer virus. Among the public health agency's prescribed practices to stop the spread of the virus: "Practice proper hand hygiene … Take care in the kitchen … Do not prepare food while infected … Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces after throwing up or having diarrhea … Wash laundry thoroughly." But nowhere in that exhaustive battery of norovirus dodges was a recommendation to avoid reusable grocery bags. Curious, considering that reusable-but-not-recyclable alternative to single-use plastic bags...
  • Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

    05/09/2012 4:01:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010.
  • Resuable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say

    05/09/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 61 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | JoNel Aleccia
    Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.” The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment. “We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is...
  • Japan: 52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus(really?)

    12/18/2011 6:24:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 12/17/11
    52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday. The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination. Some of them was hospitalized but most are getting better after receiving treatment. The number of patients may increase further, according to the plant operator, known as TEPCO. According to TEPCO, the workers reported symptoms...
  • CDC confirms norovirus on 3rd straight SC cruise

    03/29/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies · 374+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 29
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say tests confirm that norovirus caused intestinal illness on a third straight cruise from South Carolina earlier this month. The norovirus sickened almost 420 people aboard Celebrity Mercury, which returned to Charleston on March 18. Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
  • Passengers fall ill on cruise liner

    02/24/2010 5:06:39 AM PST · by Peter Horry · 24 replies · 559+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | Allyson Bird
    More than one in five passengers aboard the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship that departed Charleston more than a week ago has fallen ill with a stomach disorder, so many people that the ship recruited extra medical professionals from a Caribbean island before heading back toward Charleston. The gastrointestinal affliction includes vomiting and diarrhea and seems symptomatic of norovirus, a stomach flu most commonly found in confined places, such as cruise ships, hospitals and prisons.
  • Students sickened by norovirus at Raleigh conference

    02/16/2010 2:43:08 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 8 replies · 414+ views
    wral.com ^ | 2/15/2010 | Bruce Mildwurf of Capitol Broadcasting Company
    Raleigh, N.C. — Tests show the students sickened while attending a leadership conference in Raleigh over the weekend suffered from norovirus, Wake County officials said Monday. About 150 of the 1,000 students from across the state who gathered at the downtown Raleigh Sheraton for a YMCA Youth & Government meeting reported nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Five were taken to area hospitals
  • Norovirus reaches epidemic levels

    01/12/2008 9:27:38 PM PST · by PureSolace · 42 replies · 517+ views
    Times Online / The Sunday Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Brendan Montague
    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.
  • Britain In Grip Of Norovirus As Cases Hit 3m

    01/11/2008 6:10:20 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 225+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-12-2008 | Rebecca Smith
    Britain in grip of norovirus as cases hit 3m By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Last Updated: 1:50am GMT 12/01/2008 Three million people have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug - with experts fearing that cases could rise through this month and next. The norovirus season began a month earlier than normal this winter. Cases of the bug increased rapidly, with more than 200,000 people a week now catching the infection, official figures claim. Those with symptoms are urged to engage in good hygiene to prevent the virus spreading further Hospitals struggling to cope have closed hundreds of wards...
  • GPs Urge Millions Hit By Bug To Stay At Home (UK)

    01/02/2008 7:00:45 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 2,529+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-3-2007 | By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor and Aislinn Simpson
    GPs urge millions hit by bug to stay at home By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor and Aislinn Simpson Last Updated: 2:14am GMT 03/01/2008 Doctors' leaders warned people struck down by a violent stomach bug sweeping the country not to return to work as GPs reported that they were being inundated by sufferers. More than 100,000 people a week are catching norovirus, which causes sudden vomiting and diarrhoea, and the numbers contracting the disease will peak this month. The NHS advises patients affected to stay at home for 48 hours after they last suffered the symptoms Thousands of workers and children...
  • Fifty People Catch Virus at Wantage Italian Eatery (NJ)

    06/16/2007 7:53:02 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 298+ views
    1010wins ^ | Saturday, 16 June 2007 7:49PM
    WANTAGE, NJ (1010 WINS) -- Fifty people who ate at a Wantage Italian restaurant have come down with stomach flu symptoms, health officials said. While the cause of the outbreak at LiBerti's Restaurant is under investigation, an immediate inspection after the customers were sickened found violations with the establishment's water system. "The situation could have occurred a number of ways, from the water, from an employee who was ill who was handling food, from a customer who ate at the restaurant who passed it to somebody," Sussex County Health Administrator Stephen Gruchacz told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Saturday newspapers....
  • 2 N.C. Hospitals Warn of Virus Outbreak

    02/11/2007 5:52:54 AM PST · by NCjim · 19 replies · 947+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2007 | STEVE HARTSOE
    Two hospitals are asking visitors, especially children, to stay away until they control an outbreak of a highly contagious stomach virus that has sickened patients and staff members. "We're just asking the community to help out," said Dr. Ward Robinson, an infectious disease specialist at Moses Cone Hospital. "I don't think this is the black plague coming into Greensboro." Doctors confirmed an outbreak at the hospital and believe the virus also has hit Wesley Long Hospital. The number of people affected wasn't immediately available, hospital officials said. Three suspected norovirus cases first appeared on Feb. 1 and were not confirmed...
  • 2 N.C. Hospitals Warn of Virus

    02/09/2007 2:40:42 PM PST · by Paved Paradise · 46 replies · 1,175+ views
    Two hospitals are asking visitors, especially children, to stay away until they control an outbreak of a highly contagious stomach virus.
  • CDC greets cruise ship

    02/09/2007 5:49:57 AM PST · by Calpernia · 66 replies · 1,315+ views
    starbulletin.com ^ | Monday, January 29, 2007 | Alexandre Da Silva
    JAMM AQUINO /ALEXANDRE DA SILVA / The Queen Elizabeth 2 made its way into Honolulu Harbor early yesterday morning. During its journey, the ship was hit with a norovirus outbreak on its Acapulco, Mexico-San Francisco leg and was met by the CDC after it docked in Honolulu. The stomach flu outbreak sickened at least 276 passengers and 28 crew members amid its around-the-world journey. CDC greets cruise ship A stomach flu virus seems to be under control aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 Passengers and crew members aboard a cruise ship in which hundreds fell ill with a highly contagious stomach...
  • Virus (norovirus) closes Washington Dulles airport Hilton Hotel

    01/19/2007 7:05:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 1,442+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | Jan. 19, 2007 | AP
    A Hilton hotel outside Washington has been closed for a top-to-bottom scrubbing after 15 employees and more than 100 guests were sickened by the highly contagious norovirus, a hotel spokesman said Friday. Hotel officials first heard reports of sick guests Wednesday and contacted Fairfax County health authorities, said Jim Cree, the director of sales and marketing at the hotel near Dulles International Airport. Officials confirmed it was norovirus Thursday night, he said. Outbreaks of norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, are common on cruise ships and in places like hotels, prisons and nursing homes.
  • 'Stomach Flu' Rips Through the Nation

    01/09/2007 12:21:17 PM PST · by Bella_Bru · 185 replies · 6,253+ views
    USA Today via AOL ^ | 01/09/07 | By Anita Manning
    You have to go to the link...Gannett and all.
  • Over 160 sickened after eating at Olive Garden (Indianapolis)

    12/15/2006 8:48:35 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 157 replies · 4,389+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/15/06
    NDIANAPOLIS - The Marion County Health Department says more than 160 people have claimed they became ill after eating at an Olive Garden restaurant in Indianapolis last weekend. A health department spokesman says they're trying to isolate the cause and have found no health code violations at the restaurant on the city's north side.
  • Cruise ship suffers 2nd illness outbreak (in three weeks)

    12/11/2006 10:28:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 974+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2006
    MIAMI - The world's largest cruise ship was held in port Monday for intensive cleaning after a second outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in two voyages sickened 106 people. More than 380 passengers and crew members aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas were sickened by norovirus during a Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Caribbean cruise. The ship was cleaned before its next cruise, but 97 passengers and 11 crew members became sick with the same illness last week, officials at the Miami-based cruise line said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended keeping the ship in port and will oversee repeated cleaning...
  • Freedom of the Seas Latest Cruise Ship Hit by the Norovirus

    12/04/2006 6:04:42 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,607+ views
    Cruise Ship Report ^ | December 4, 2006
    The world's largest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, returned to Miami on Dec. 3rd with more than 380 passengers and crew were sickened by what was believed to be the norovirus, according to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line officials. The outbreak struck Freedom during a week-long cruise to the western Caribbean, and was likely brought aboard on Nov. 26th by an ill guest, according to the company. The norovirus, spread by contact, can quickly sweep through enclosed areas like cruise ships. The outbreak on Freedom comes only a couple of weeks after more than 700 passengers and crew members were...
  • Norovirus Outbreak Kills 3 in Washington

    04/10/2006 10:15:44 AM PDT · by djf · 22 replies · 787+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Apr 7 | AP
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — A third person died Friday from a viral outbreak at a retirement center that has sickened more than 55 residents and workers, authorities said. Forty residents and 19 staff members of the Cascade Inn were affected by the norovirus. Nine people have been hospitalized, Clark County health officials said. Marni Storey, manager of the Health Department's infectious disease program, said she expects to see more cases before the outbreak of norovirus dies down. All three deaths involved elderly residents with other underlying medical conditions, health officials said. The previous deaths occurred Wednesday and Thursday. Health officials have...
  • Congressman wants better data on cruise ship crime (barf alert)

    Congressman wants better data on cruise ship crime WASHINGTON (AP) -- Only five of the 28 people who disappeared from cruise ships in the past three years were found, according to data disclosed to Congress by the world's largest cruise lines. A congressional memo compiled in advance of a House hearing on cruise ship safety Tuesday also details 177 sexual misconduct incidents, ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, and four robberies of amounts over $5,000. During that three-year period approximately 25 million people embarked on cruises from North America ports, the memo said.
  • Norovirus Confirmed As Flamingo Hotel Illness(The Ghost of Bugsy?)

    10/26/2004 7:04:56 PM PDT · by kellynla · 19 replies · 1,020+ views
    KLASTV ^ | 10/26/2004 | Colleen May
    Oct. 26) -- Eyewitness News has learned that the illness that has plagued the Flamingo hotel and casino is the norovirus. We were the first to tell you about the spreading illness at the hotel. And Tuesday, the health district told us that they've had as many as 250 unconfirmed cases of norovirus -- most were Flamingo employees, and some were guests. The Flamingo says they will fog all the 3,500 rooms in the hotel with an anti-viral chemical. They will also leave a letter in each room telling new guests about the situation. Norovirus is spread by humans, after...
  • 60 Sickened at Dulles Hyatt

    06/06/2003 7:48:33 PM PDT · by appalachian_dweller · 110 replies · 320+ views
    WWDC Fox Channel 5 - Wash. DC
    Dulles Hyatt evacuated due to neruo virus - 60 people sick