• Norovirus May be Linked to Food Allergies
    Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have found a possible link between norovirus, a virus that causes "stomach flu" in humans, and food allergies. The findings are published in the Open Immunology Journal. Mitchell H. Grayson, MD, associate professor of ...More
    November 14, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • NBA Players Not Immune to Serious Illness from Norovirus
    A new study describes a 2010 outbreak involving several NBA teams, the first known report of a norovirus outbreak in a professional sports association. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the study highlights unique circumstances for spreading this highly contagious ...More
    October 31, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Human Norovirus in Groundwater Remains Infective After Two Months
    Researchers from Emory University have discovered that norovirus in groundwater can remain infectious for at least 61 days. The research is published in the October issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Human norovirus is the most common cause of acute ...More
    October 20, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Researchers Study Hand Sanitizers and Norovirus Risk
    Alcohol-based hand sanitizers may not be the panacea for hand hygiene they were once supposed, as mounting research indicates they may not be effective substitutes for soap and water, and in some cases may actually increase the risk for outbreaks of highly contagious ...More
    August 26, 2011 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CDC Issues Updated Norovirus Guidelines
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion have issued its updated Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings. Norovirus gastroenteritis infections and ...More
    May 30, 2011 Posted in News
  • Risk Factors for Norovirus in the Institutionalized Elderly
    Most of the institutional outbreaks of norovirus in Hong Kong occur in elderly homes, the proportion being 69 percent in 2006. Residents in elderly homes are a special population seriously affected by norovirus infections, it is necessary to investigate the risk factors of ...More
    May 18, 2011 Posted in News
  • Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreak Highlights How Infections Spread
    Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States and is estimated to cause nearly 21 million cases annually. It is highly transmissible through person-to-person contact and contaminated food, water, and environmental surfaces. The results of an ...More
    March 23, 2011 Posted in News
  • New Vaccine Candidate Shows Strong Potential Against Norovirus
    Scientists have shown that an experimental vaccine against the human norovirus – the pathogen behind about 90 percent of highly contagious nonbacterial illnesses that cause diarrhea and vomiting – can generate a strong immune response in mice without appearing to cause the ...More
    March 15, 2011 Posted in News
  • Strategic Infection Prevention Measures Can Help Control Nosocomial Norovirus
    Vincent Cheng, MD, of the Department of Microbiology at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, China, and colleagues conducted a study to determine if strategic infection prevention and control measures with an added test may be useful in controlling nosocomial transmission of ...More
    March 11, 2011 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • FDA Permits Marketing of First Test for Norovirus
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces that it has allowed marketing of the first test for the preliminary identification of norovirus. The Ridascreen Norovirus 3rd Generation EIA assay is for use when a number of people have simultaneously contracted ...More
    February 23, 2011 Posted in News