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  • Discovery Offers Insight Into Treating Norovirus
    Twenty million Americans get sick from norovirus each year according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Often called vomiting illness, it can spread rapidly on cruise ships, and in dormitories and hospitals. Recent data from the CDC shows deaths from ...More
    March 21, 2012 Posted in News
  • Deaths from Gastroenteritis Caused by C. difficile and Norovirus Double
    The number of people who died from gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea) more than doubled from 1999 to 2007, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings will be presented ...More
    March 14, 2012 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Norovirus is the Leading Cause of Outbreaks in U.S. Hospitals
    Norovirus, a pathogen that often causes food poisoning and gastroenteritis, was responsible for 18.2 percent of all infection outbreaks and 65 percent of ward closures in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period, according to a new study published in the February 2012 issue ...More
    January 31, 2012 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • 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