Passengers on Queen Mary 2 struck down by norovirus outbreak

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CDC: Norovirus is the leading cause of food borne illness

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Norovirus continues its spread from Sandusky resort

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Passengers on Queen Mary 2 struck down by norovirus outbreak

Maybe these cruise ships should engage in “special, enhanced cleaning procedures” before a norovirus outbreak. At least eight people are sick out of the 2,462 passengers on board luxury Southampton liner, Queen Mary 2 but that number download should grow. A total of 130 of 778 passengers have contracted gastroenteritis on board a cruise ship now docked in Rosyth [...]

CDC: Norovirus is the leading cause of food borne illness

 People infected with norovirus — also known as “stomach flu” — can spread the disease for three days after their symptoms stop, a U.S expert says. Dr. Aron Hall, an epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases, said getting norovirus is common, [...]

Norovirus continues its spread from Sandusky resort

More than 70 people have been sickened and the only common thread: A well-known Sandusky area resort. Officials told us Friday they confirmed the norovirus in at least three people who attended a weeklong conference at Sawmill Creek, but now [...]

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Suspected norovirus strikes Fred Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’ and Cunard’s ‘Queen Mary 2′ cruises

A gastrointestinal disease, suspected to be norovirus, has sickened dozens in two cruise lines as reported in different British news sources. The BBC reports that at least 130 passengers of  Fred Olsen’s Black Watch have contracted an unspecified gastrointestinal illness during a 12-night Scandinavia and St Petersburg cruise. Queen Mary 2 Public domain image/Malis via wikimedia commons A spokesman for [...]

Campaign to educate Welsh patients about norovirus

Having norovirus can be an unpleasant and frightening experience, although most people make a full recovery within a couple of days. There is no specific cure at present, meaning those who develop the condition have to let it run its course – typically 12 to 48 hours. Wales Online is urging people to do all they can to avoid [...]

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3000 sick; norovirus in Chilean water supply

The city of Ovalle in Chile’s Coquimbo region suffered a massive outbreak of norovirus in the first week of September, infecting 3,000-plus residents, due to insufficient chlorine levels in the potable water supplied by water utility Aguas del Valle , according to a release by the regional health authority Seremi. “What happened is that 24, 36 and 48 hours [...]

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Birmingham couple struck down by norovirus to sue cruise firm

A Birmingham couple are among FIFTY cruise ship passengers suing a travel firm after being struck down by the norovirus sickness bug.

Jean Newcombe was whisked away on the Island Escape liner by husband Kerry to celebrate her 69th birthday and their second wedding anniversary.

But they fell violently ill with the suspected norovirus bug which ruined their £1,850 Mediterranean trip, which included four days at a hotel in Palma, Spain.

Now the couple, from Great Barr, are taking legal action against travel firm Thompson through Irwin Mitchell. The Birmingham company is also representing 48 other passengers who travelled on the cruise between March and June.

Grandma-of-three Jean said: “It was a complete nightmare and the whole holiday was ruined as a result of the sickness. I’ve never been so ill and once we were off the ship it continued. [...]

 Birmingham couple struck down by norovirus to sue cruise firm
Feedback from event attendees shows that the majority of ill individuals were likely exposed on the course itself, as illness was highly associated with reports of mud or muddy water in the mouth-MDCH Image/Video Screen Shot

Michigan health officials say ‘Tough Mudder’ norovirus outbreak likely due to infected participant

In a follow up to a story last month, epidemiologists with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) say that conclusions from the investigation into the norovirus outbreak, in which some 200 people were sickened, was likely introduced onto the course by an ill participant, according to a MDCH news release.

Feedback from event attendees shows that the majority of ill individuals were likely exposed on the course itself, as illness was highly associated with reports of mud or muddy water in the mouth-MDCH[...]

 Michigan health officials say ‘Tough Mudder’ norovirus outbreak likely due to infected participant
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Norovirus confirmed in Victoria care-home patient death

The death of an 87-year-old resident of Selkirk Place has been directly linked to a norovirus outbreak at the facility last month.

Janis Helen Smith died Aug. 3 at Royal Jubilee Hospital after being transferred from the long-term residential care facility a few days earlier.

The cause of death was listed as “norovirus infection” on the physician’s medical death certificate, a copy of which was provided to the Times Colonist by Smith’s daughter.

The family is raising concerns about the care their mother received in her final days at Selkirk Place and the way victims of the outbreak were characterized by the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“Mom suffered and it was unnecessary,” says Jill Rutledge. “I want them to accept that there’s no excuse for what my mom went through.” [...]

 Norovirus confirmed in Victoria care home patient death
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Deaths triple the norm during norovirus outbreak at Victoria care home

The number of people who died during a norovirus outbreak at Selkirk Place last month was three times higher than usual for that time of year, the Vancouver Island Health Authority confirmed late Wednesday.

Medical health officer Dr. Dee Hoyano also said a food handler may have been responsible for the rapid spread of illness, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Hoyano made the comments in a statement posted on the authority’s website declaring the outbreak over at the residential care facility for seniors.

The statement said that that the nine residents who died during the outbreak was “a higher than usual number of deaths for this time of year. All residents who passed away were receiving supportive end of life care.”

Hoyano provided no further details, but the health authority later confirmed that the monthly average at the facility is about three deaths.

When news of the outbreak broke last week, the authority would not directly link the deaths to norovirus, saying many of the facility’s residents are in frail health with multiple health problems.

“It’s a situation where people are dying with norovirus rather than of norovirus,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick said at the time. “But it’s certainly an aggravating factor.” [...]

 Deaths triple the norm during norovirus outbreak at Victoria care home