Fallacy about “stomach flu”; it is not related to influenzahttp://www.empowernetwork.com/wellcraft3/blog/fallacy- about- stomach- flu- it- is- not- related- to- influenz a?id=wellcraft3 January 27, 2013Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu”Much to our belief, when we think we have the flu, and within one or two days, it seams tosubside, it’s really not influenza. The “stomach flu” is NOT related to the flu (or influenza), which isa respiratory illness caused by a different virus. It really is a “norovirus” recently approved as theofficial name for this group of viruses; previously it had been referred to as “Norwalk virus” or“Norwalk-like virus.”Symptoms of illness caused by noroviruses?The symptoms of norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomachcramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches,and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person mayfeel very sick. Symptoms usually begin 24-48 hours after exposure to the virus, but can appear asearly as 12 hours.Is the norovirus disease serious?Norovirus disease is usually not serious, although people may feel very sick and vomit many timesa day. Most people get better within one or two days, and they have no long-term health effectsrelated to their illness. Sometimes people are unable to drink enough liquids to replace the liquidsthey lost because of vomiting and diarrhea. These persons can become dehydrated and may needspecial medical attention. There is no evidence to suggestthat an infected person can become a long-term carrier ofnorovirus.How people become inf ected with noroviruses.
Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infectedpeople. People can become infected with the virus in severalways, including: Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus. Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus, and then placing their hand in their mouth. Having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms (for example, caring for someone with the illness, sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill).Noroviruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. Persons working inday-care centers or nursing homes should pay special attention to children (especially those indiapers) or residents who have diarrheal illness which may be caused by norovirus. This virus canspread rapidly throughout such environments.Dishwashing Won’t Kill Tummy-Troubling virusI have a customer from my Graphic
Design company that sells commercialVapor Cleaning Machines to hospitalsfor their kitchens. We posted thefollowing document to his websiteregarding the norovirus, and itsdifference to the common stomach flu(influenza).Commercial dishwashers can kill everyday bacteria, but not norovirus.The norovirus is the cause of stomach flu and many foodborne illnesses around the world,according to a new study. Although restaurant-industry guidelines for cleaning dishes andsilverware eliminate bacteria, they are not effective against norovirus, said researchers from OhioState University. They found thevirus can withstand both manual and mechanical washing.“We know that when public food establishments follow the cleaning protocols, they do a verygood job at getting rid of bacteria,” study leader Melvin Pascall, associate professor in thedepartment of food science and technology, said in a university news release. “Now we can seethat the protocols are less effective at removing and killing viruses, and this may help explain whythere are still so many illnesses caused by cross-contaminated food.”For the study, published recently in the journal PLoS One, researchers contaminated cream cheeseand reduced-fat milk with a norovirus, E. coli or Listeria, three common causes of foodborne illness.These dairy products were then applied to stainless-steel utensils, ceramic plates and drinkingglasses. The utensils were washed by hand or in a dishwasher following sanitizing protocols thatused chlorine and quaternary ammonium compound (germicidal detergent).Both hand-washing and dishwashers reduced E. coli and Listeria to safe levels. Althoughdishwashers were more effective at eliminating potentially harmful bacteria and viruses, theresearchers found neither cleaning method could reduce the presence of norovirus.“Even though the protocols were able to kill some of the virus, norovirus is highly contagious and ittakes only a few viral particles to infect humans,” noted Jianrong Li, assistant professor of foodvirology. “These results would indicate that neither the detergents nor sanitizers used in currentcleaning protocols are effective against the norovirus at the currently used concentrations.”“Proper sanitation and handling remain the single biggest factor that can preventcrosscontamination of food and dishware at food-service establishments,” Pascall said. “However,it appears that we need to identify better agents or methods to significantly reduce the presenceof norovirus and work to update the protocols.”The researchers noted that norovirus is responsible for 90 percent of nonbacterial cases ofgastroenteritis outbreaks.Norovirus, which can easily contaminate food or water, spreads rapidly through confinedpopulations, such as cruise ships, dormitories and prisons. According to the U.S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention, norovirus each year causes an estimated 91,000 emergencyroom visits and 23,000 hospitalizations for severe diarrhea among children younger than 5 years.So this misconception that whenever we think we have the one or two day f lu,is really a norovirus, nothing related to the stomach f lu.
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