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Norovirus Unleashes Its Misery Early, At Home and At Sea


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Carrie
- 620 days ago - thedailybeast.com
It may be known as the 'winter vomiting disease,' but norovirus has already attacked schools, cruise ships, and elsewhere. Dr. Kent Sepkowitz profiles the hardy and extremely transmissible virus that each year hits Americans with nausea, diarrhea, fever.



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Jae A. (323)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:54 pm
I think this might be what a home improvement client and long time friend had a week or so ago. It is ' Season ' here which mean people from all over the world have begun to arrive to spend the winter here . They entertain a lot and socialize at their club reg. with seasonal friends. She said it's the worst 'stomach' whatever she has ever had. Really sick and dehydrated afterward for days. Worst of it lasted about two days for her but a couple days longer for her husband who is 80 and not in great health as is. Serious 'bug' without a doubt.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:00 am
The bugs are spreading, we are heading for 21.12.12!! We are doomed!
 

Nimue P. (231)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:31 am
I had never heard of this so I googled it. It's what we call gastroenteritis in Australia. I vividly remember the last time I had it and that was 22 years ago *shudder* I was pregnant at the time and knew it wasn't morning sickness as it was both ends going. The doc gave me a maxalon injection to stop the vomiting because I was dehydrated, and after that I recovered. It's the body's reaction to a bug and it tries to get rid of it. It's nasty but it doesn't last too long, just long enough for your body to expel the bug.
 

Elaine B. (24)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:39 am
Getting to close to my family, they have just closed part of a hospital in the UK where two of my family go for dialysis, now they have to travel 40 miles there and back three times a week
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:20 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

John S. (300)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:03 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Anne P. (248)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:45 am
Thanks so much for posting this article, Carrie, and for letting me know that our home city of Santa Fe has been affected by norovirus. It's more important than ever to prevent winter illnesses by washing your hands regularly with warm soapy water. Rub briskly for 30 seconds (for kids, sing "Happy Birthday" in your head twice). All it takes is one exposure from an infected person to become sick. Protect yourself and wash those hands!
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:03 am
Thanks for posting Carrie. Seniors residents were affected last year here in Alberta and loved ones could only look through the outside windows. I surely would not want to be on a cruise ship with an outbreak, as I am very sure they do not have enough doctors and nurses to help people.
I really get on my hubbies back as he handles money at the antique market every weekend, and I had him using the stuff like they have at our hospital doors - where it says to clean your hands before entering.Anybody thought of the bugs that money can carry???
 

Linda h. (86)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:54 pm
I spent all last night on my hands and knees. I'm still in bed. It makes sense that this is what it was.
 

Darlene B. (290)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:00 pm
Bless all who are suffering from this. With the way the world is treated today by those in power we all have to be very careful of everything--you never know what any of us will end up with.
 

june t. (65)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:24 pm
thanks for the article, possibly a timely post for many.
 

Anita R. (2)
Monday December 17, 2012, 12:45 am
Norovirus doesn't necessarily strike in the winter. My husband and I caught it at an awards dinner organized by his company. The dinner was in late April 2006. Most of the people who attended the dinner got sick. Nice thing to happen when the company you work for is recognizing your service! The dinner was at a Marriot Hotel in Richmond, BC, Canada. I have been to other Marriots since (including the one in Pasadena that is one of the best places to stay to go to the Rose Bowl and/or the Rose Parade), but not the one in Richmond!
 

Julia Troitskaia (29)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:38 am
Thanx about this news.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:59 am
Wash your hands frequently.
 

Jennifer U. (1)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:30 pm
This is why you wash your hands and your food before you eat it.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 8:59 am
This is a truly horrible bug, and those who are vulnerable are very much at risk. Hygiene is vitally important!
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:55 am
I really hate viruses.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 12:39 am
Thanks Carrie.
 

Nimue P. (231)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 1:32 am
Thank you, anonymous member, for the green star :)
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 3:38 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Fred Hoekstra (6445)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 8:23 am
Thank you for Sharing this!

 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:48 am
Noted,thanks.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 7:24 am
noted
 

Margrit S. (1)
Monday December 24, 2012, 6:04 am
For those of you who would consider homeopathy: There are some great remedies that can be prescribed if you have caught norovirus. It is not a miracle cure, but can help a lot especially at those times when you just want to be left alone to die. The exact remedy always depends on the symptoms. If you have a homeopath, give her or him a ring if the virus strikes...
 
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