Avoiding a Norovirus Nightmare on Your Cruise

Planning to take a cruise? Are you concerned that a tranquil voyage could turn nightmarish if norovirus spreads throughout the ship? Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea—truly an unwelcomed passenger on a cruise. Here are some helpful facts about cruise ships and norovirus. Norovirus is Not Limited to Cruises


Five Tips for Avoiding Norovirus

Wash Your Hands Frequently: Because person-to-person contact is one of the main routes by which norovirus spreads, frequent hand-washing is a must, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before cooking or eating. Washing virus particles from your hands and down the drain helps prevent you from inadvertently delivering them to your mouth and eyes, entry points for infection. It also helps halt the chain of transmission of the virus to those around you. Do you wash and dry your hands properly?


“Vomiting Larry” Helps Researchers Understand Norovirus Spread

It’s January, and norovirus, known as “winter vomiting virus,” the “stomach bug” or the “stomach flu,” is on the move in the Northern Hemisphere. Norovirus is not the same as the seasonal flu, but both are off to an early start this year. The seasonal flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus,


New Tools to Help Reduce the Spread of Norovirus

Each year an estimated 20 million Americans are sickened by a highly contagious virus that usually turns up in force in late fall and hangs around until early spring. Norovirus, aka the “stomach bug,” “winter vomiting disease,” or “stomach flui” is an uninvited guest at nursing homes, schools, holiday parties, and wherever people congregate.  It


Norovirus: The “Stomach Flu” That Is Not a Flu

The dreaded “stomach flu” that hits particularly hard in winter is not a flu at all. It is norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramping. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the illness often begins suddenly and lasts for one to two days with


Norovirus Outbreak in UK

According to officials at Great Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), the norovirus is spreading rapidly across the UK and causing many major outbreaks.  In the last month health officials have received twice as many positive samples submitted to laboratories, while hospitals have experienced more outbreaks than usual. Since the beginning of November, the number of


New CDC Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Norovirus

Over the past several years, norovirus outbreaks have been increasingly reported at health care facilities across the county. Several states have implemented guidelines to help health care institutions and communities prevent norovirus transmission. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages. Noroviruses are most dangerous


Norovirus Outbreak at Minnesota School

Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health are probing a norovirus outbreak that affected more than 60 students in the Renville County West school district last week. The students complained of vomiting and severe diarrhea. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages, though


New Study Finds Bleach More Effective against Noroviruses than Other Disinfectants

Noroviruses, a group of viruses which are responsible for more than half of all reported food borne gastroenteritis outbreaks, cause gastroenteritis including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, weakness, and dehydration in people of all ages. They can be spread through contact with infected people or through contaminated water, foods, or surfaces. In addition, noroviruses arevery resistant to disinfection.


Norovirus Outbreak at North Carolina Student Conference

One hundred-fifty of the 1,000 student attendees to a YMCA Youth & Government conference became sick last weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, The students complained of vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and stomach cramps. According to the Wake County environmental health director, norovirus was confirmed in four of the 150 students who became ill. Noroviruses are a group of