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Doctors Warn of New Stomach ‘Superbug’ Hitting U.S.
abc ^ | Janaury 26, 2013. | Richard Besser

Posted on 01/27/2013 6:37:39 PM PST by BenLurkin

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 sick, the norovirus is far more contagious. Just 18 norovirus particles can make a person sick.

The flu can last two to four hours on hard surfaces outside your body, but the norovirus can survive and remain infectious for weeks.

To keep the norovirus away, medical experts suggest cleaning the house with bleach, not just regular detergents. They also say that while hand sanitizers kill the flu virus, they are not effective at getting rid of the norovirus

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: flu; norovirus; stomachflu; stomachsuperbug; superbug
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1 posted on 01/27/2013 6:37:50 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

RELATED STORY

New Norovirus Strain Causing Most Outbreaks

Most norovirus outbreaks seen late last year in the U.S. were caused by a novel strain known as GII.4 Sydney that appears to have largely replaced the previous dominant strain, the CDC reported.

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According to a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 141 of 266 norovirus outbreaks tracked from September to December 2012 were caused by the novel strain.

“Right now, it’s too soon to tell whether the new strain of norovirus will lead to more outbreaks than in previous years. However, CDC continues to work with state partners to watch this closely and see if the strain is associated with more severe illness,” said CDC epidemiologist Aron Hall, DVM, MSPH, in an agency press release.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/PublicHealth/37034


2 posted on 01/27/2013 6:39:27 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I work around a lot of teenagers.

Oh joy.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 6:40:56 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: BenLurkin

I work around a lot of teenagers.

Oh joy.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 6:41:32 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: BenLurkin

Already had it. Hits fast. Feel ok then a few hours later it hits. Vomiting and awful gas. Last about 24 hours. Takes another day or two until feel 100%.


5 posted on 01/27/2013 6:44:27 PM PST by Parmy
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To: Parmy

Yeesh....this sounds more like a massive epidemic reaction to Obama!!!


6 posted on 01/27/2013 6:47:21 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: BenLurkin

“Medical experts suggest washing your hands with soap and water repeatedly to keep the norovirus off them.”

They’re CLUELESS. They still don’t even know how the common cold is passed. They’re just guessing at this point.


7 posted on 01/27/2013 6:52:25 PM PST by BobL
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To: BenLurkin

I picked up a norovirus-type illness years ago while travelling and it almost ruined my vacation. I was never so intensely ill in such a short period of time. I can see how it can be dangerous to the very young and elderly. It was terrible.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 6:55:54 PM PST by grimalkin (A tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: BenLurkin

I came down with something this weekend. Flu, winter sickness or food poisoning? Who knows, but I laid on my couch with a blanket and my heavy duty Carhartt jacket listening to the TV for six hours on Saturday night. This is the second flu type bug to hit me this winter.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 6:58:32 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

No time for the usual jokes. I work around a lot of stomachs.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 7:00:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BobL

“They’re CLUELESS. They still don’t even know how the common cold is passed. They’re just guessing at this point.”

Are you suggesting that people should not wash their hands?


11 posted on 01/27/2013 7:00:57 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m still busy hiding from SARS and Bird Flu.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 7:02:37 PM PST by SIDENET (I've drawn my line in the sand.)
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To: BenLurkin

Frankly, imagining that anyone could sanitize their whole house is just silly. Bleach all over everything you touch? Does that include the rugs and the sofa pillows? Sweaters and jackets? Or maybe you should just throw out all the furniture and refurnish with glass and stainless steel tables and chairs?


13 posted on 01/27/2013 7:03:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BenLurkin
A apple a day oughta keep the doctor away, I always say!


14 posted on 01/27/2013 7:03:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Same here. Last time I caught it was two years ago. At least, it was quick. 24 hours, so it isn’t that bad.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 7:05:01 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: BenLurkin
Eight hundred die.

Eight hundred what? Is that how many people have died? Is that how many viruses have died? Is it a random phrase relating to a type of die that is cast?

Journalists sense don't anymore make. Have idea I say don't are any they what to trying.

Me fail English? Umpossible.

16 posted on 01/27/2013 7:05:35 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Nik Naym

“Are you suggesting that people should not wash their hands?”

I’m saying it doesn’t matter regarding illness. I rarely wash my hands, and I still don’t get sick. I don’t know the stuff is spread, but if it were the way they were talking, I wouldn’t have 10 years without a sick day - rather I’d be in the ER every other week.

...but people do buy the hype, and they still get sick.


17 posted on 01/27/2013 7:07:27 PM PST by BobL
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To: BobL

be sure to duct tape your windows!


18 posted on 01/27/2013 7:07:51 PM PST by digger48
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To: BenLurkin

Have they created a ‘vaccine’ to push yet?


19 posted on 01/27/2013 7:10:01 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: BenLurkin

Are we all on one big cruise ship now?


20 posted on 01/27/2013 7:10:15 PM PST by IrishPennant
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To: digger48

“be sure to duct tape your windows!”

LOL, but there sure are a lot of slobs like me on this thread.

Why else would so many people here be saying that they’re getting sick?


21 posted on 01/27/2013 7:10:23 PM PST by BobL
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To: BobL

Washing hands is pretty effective, because norobastard has to get into your mouth to infect you. Never touch food or your face (eyes/nose/mouth) without first thoroughly washing your hands. If you are in the immediate vicinity of a vomit episode, the aerosolized vomit droplets have enough virus particles to infect if inhaled and swallowed.... Also, if you eat at restaurants, you are completely at the mercy of kitchen and wait staff personal hygiene habits. There are a few hand sanitizers out now that specifically claim to kill noro, but washing it off your hands before you can ingest it is the best defense once exposed.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 7:11:24 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: BobL

” I rarely wash my hands, and I still don’t get sick”

Well good for you.

But a lot of us find filth and germs disgusting and unhealthful.

And yes, “they” do know what they are talking about when they say washing of hands helps prevent the spread of colds and other viruses including Norvo.

How anyone can run around without washing their hands is beyond me...and beyond gross.


23 posted on 01/27/2013 7:14:28 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise

Well, if any of use jokers don’t show up here tomorrow, we’ll know you’re among the 800 alleged victims!


24 posted on 01/27/2013 7:14:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m an EMT in an urban setting. Oh joy.


25 posted on 01/27/2013 7:17:29 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: Trod Upon

“Never touch food or your face (eyes/nose/mouth) without first thoroughly washing your hands.”

I do that on a regular basis...I’ll get back to you when I get sick (LOL).

“Also, if you eat at restaurants, you are completely at the mercy of kitchen”

I would say one is at the mercy of their refrigerator temperature. I don’t think there’s any proof of getting people sick from not washing hands...although I agree that using sewer water to clean vegetables will definitely get people sick.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 7:17:43 PM PST by BobL
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To: BenLurkin

Hit the (2) grandkids, then their parents, over a period of a couple of weeks. Could grandma and grandpa have escaped? ( We have plenty of contact. ) So far, it seems so. Knock on wood.


27 posted on 01/27/2013 7:17:54 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Sawdring

You and me both. The whole family was diagnosed with the flu. Now after about 2 weeks of blessed peace. I have been floored by the worst case of bronchitis I’ve ever had. Its so bad that I wonder if its not pnuemonia. I’m going to the doc in the morning. Enough is enough.


28 posted on 01/27/2013 7:20:38 PM PST by Vote 4 Nixon (EAT...FISH...SLEEP...REDUX)
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To: Nik Naym

“And yes, “they” do know what they are talking about when they say washing of hands helps prevent the spread of colds and other viruses including Norvo.”

As I said, I’ll get back with you when I get sick (LOL).

“How anyone can run around without washing their hands is beyond me...and beyond gross.”

Agree...but that’s my point. Doing something to avoid grossing yourself out does NOT necessarily mean it’s effective at anything.

And by the way, I typically travel to 3rd World Countries and behave just the same...and no problems (although I obviously take some precautions, like staying clear of tap water there).


29 posted on 01/27/2013 7:22:16 PM PST by BobL
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To: Cicero

I try to wash my hands every time I come home. Wiping doorknobs every know and then with Chlorox wipes wouldn’t be bad idea I guess. I can’t afford to get sick.


30 posted on 01/27/2013 7:22:50 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: BenLurkin
Instructions from my book on handwashing which you can purchase at http://www.Amazon.com


31 posted on 01/27/2013 7:22:50 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: grimalkin
>>>I picked up a norovirus-type illness years ago while travelling and it almost ruined my vacation. I was never so intensely ill in such a short period of time. I can see how it can be dangerous to the very young and elderly. It was terrible.

I got it about 3 years ago...me and my entire family (except my 2 year old daughter). I've never been so sick in my life. I had stayed at work overnight and it hit in the middle of the night. It was absolute TORTURE trying to make the 45 minutes drive home...and by the time I got home everyone was sick.

It was a sight with everyone so sick they couldn't move...and my daughter wondering around the house. I had tried to get up and get something to drink. I made it half-way to the kitchen...then laid on the floor for a couple of hours.

HORRIBLE. I can't image anything being worse.

32 posted on 01/27/2013 7:27:41 PM PST by NELSON111
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“But a lot of us find filth and germs disgusting and unhealthful.”

One other thing...what you say is certainly true, but irrelevant. First, there is NOTHING that shows filth is unhealthful, unless you eat it. If you say my condition after a day of working on cars...you’d get the point that filth and health don’t go together (and no, I don’t usually shower before going to bed, unless my wife makes me).

Germs, yes, they are unhealthful, but I yet to catch a germ in the act. Unlike others, I don’t carry a Scanning Electron Microscope with me all places, so I doubt that I would see one attacking me. My point is that we have NO clue how these germs spread...for all we know we are born with them in us, and if we hit the right environment conditions, they can multiply and attack...that one I actually could believe based on my near-sick days.


33 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:36 PM PST by BobL
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To: BenLurkin

This bug sent both hubby and I to the ER, about a week apart around Christmas. Worst Christmas ever. I lost 7 pounds in 2 days. Not a recommended manner of weight loss.


34 posted on 01/27/2013 7:29:50 PM PST by grateful
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To: NELSON111; grimalkin; a fool in paradise

"I thought I was gonna D-I-E!"

35 posted on 01/27/2013 7:32:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Parmy

So 24 hrs of barfing and it’s mostly over? I ask because my 6 year old son, who never ever throws up, suddenly barfed all over where he was sitting a few hours ago. Hit so fast he couldn’t react. Can’t keep any liquids down, not even a capful of water. No diarrhea, no fever.

Glad you’re feeling better.


36 posted on 01/27/2013 7:37:53 PM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: BobL

I don’t wash my hands nearly as often as the docs would like, yet I’m always the last person among my friends & family to get sick, if I ever do, during “outbreaks” like these. I’d like to think that my regimen of diet (mainly vegetarian), exercise, and good old-fashioned prayer works pretty well for the most part.

Not that hand-washing is a bad thing, but like Bob said, it’s not the panacea some people make it out to be.


37 posted on 01/27/2013 7:38:48 PM PST by Cato in PA (Land of the free and the home of the brave? Wrong on both counts.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Note step number 6.

Foot operated faucets should be the norm.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 7:38:53 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: BobL

Also, don’t touch money. It is one of the worst carriers of germs and viruses.

This is the only part of Obamacare that seems to be working. He has banned the use of money, or at least made it quite scarce. I’m certain that his motive was to keep us from getting the s**ts.


39 posted on 01/27/2013 7:42:22 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Parmy

Same here. Was sitting outside with the family, was felling a bit queasy. Next thing I know I am in urgent care getting a potassium IV for dehydration.

Took about 3 days before I started to feel better.


40 posted on 01/27/2013 7:42:59 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Cato in PA

“Not that hand-washing is a bad thing, but like Bob said, it’s not the panacea some people make it out to be.”

I agree, eventually it can bite you in other ways, and I do usually wind up washing my hands a few times a day and rarely have them stay dirty.

But I’m starting to think that this may all be placebo, if people feel like they’re doing something to stay healthy, maybe that in itself will make them healthier.


41 posted on 01/27/2013 7:44:23 PM PST by BobL
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To: Age of Reason

I wash my hands at a public john like at a Trader’s Joe’s store, dry ‘em, and then touch the door handle to open the door. Great, job well done!


42 posted on 01/27/2013 7:46:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

Had it and it was nasty. Woke up one morning 3am and ran to the bathroom and finally figured out I needed to sit down and put a pail in my lap. The diarrhea was so bad a couple of times I did not make it out of bed. Seventy two hours later I could function but didn’t want to stray anywhere that a bathroom wasn’t within 10 feet. Lost 7 pounds the hard way.


43 posted on 01/27/2013 7:46:32 PM PST by Cyman
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To: LachlanMinnesota

“Also, don’t touch money. It is one of the worst carriers of germs and viruses.”

LOL. I’ve heard stories about that...tested and everything - they are icky. And yet, I usually pay with cash. (and yes, I often put coins, and just about everything else, in my mouth).

But my favorite are the people with sterilized hands that take their reusable grocery bags to the store. If reporters (or doctors) wanted to really get to the bottom of this, they should start by looking there.


44 posted on 01/27/2013 7:48:06 PM PST by BobL
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To: Cicero
"Don't worry, you'll be safe in here. We bleached the walls with a hose."


45 posted on 01/27/2013 7:48:28 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: BobL
in the hospital, enteric diseases are isolated and we're told to wash hands with SOAP and WATER.....you need to physically remove any "stuff" on your hands....wiping just with alcohol preparations just don't cut it....

but I got to tell a little secret folks....WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE AT SOMETIME....

46 posted on 01/27/2013 7:48:38 PM PST by cherry
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To: BenLurkin

Had that crap last year. Violent is the word. All day vomiting even when there was nothing left. After it left...took a week to get over it.


47 posted on 01/27/2013 7:51:07 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: cherry

“...wiping just with alcohol preparations just don’t cut it”

That’s what really set me off on this thread. The smug look that people have on their face as they’re drying out their skin with this magic product that can kill all the bad things and leave all the good things...and never have to worry about actually washing their hands and removing the junk.

Up until the point that the hand-sanitizer craze kicked in, I was generally willing to believe the stuff about washing hands every 30 minutes - now I’m TOTALLY SKEPTICAL of it all.


48 posted on 01/27/2013 7:53:05 PM PST by BobL
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To: Parmy

I’m at the horrible gas stage. If I could bottle it up and burn it in my furnace I could probably heat my house for a week.


49 posted on 01/27/2013 7:53:37 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: BobL
Why else would so many people here be saying that they’re getting sick?

Everyone has a different immunity level, independent of any vaccines.

When a new mutation spreads, there are just a certain percent who get effected by it, and a certain percent who don't.

The 'dirtier' you are, the less susceptible you usually are.

50 posted on 01/27/2013 7:54:41 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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