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  • 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
  • UK Scientists Make Key Step in the Development of a Norovirus Treatment
    With the number of norovirus infection cases rising across the country, scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have successfully crystallized a key norovirus enzyme, which could help in the development of a norovirus treatment. Noroviruses are recognized ...More
    February 1, 2011 Posted in News
  • Nanoparticle Vaccine Protects Against Norovirus
    A new vaccine strategy using nanoparticles as carriers may be the key to developing a vaccine against norovirus, one of the most common causes of foodborne disease in the United States. Researchers from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report promising ...More
    January 20, 2011 Posted in News
  • Be Prepared for Norovirus This Winter
    There are a number of reported outbreaks of norovirus in North America, and it behooves infection preventionists in acute care and long-term care to be prepared for an influx of cases at their institutions. Noroviruses (genus Norovirus, family Caliciviridae) are a group of ...More
  • CDC Reports 1 in 6 Get Sick From Foodborne Illnesses Annually
    About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The figures are the most accurate to date due to better data ...More
    December 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Annual Threat of Norovirus Approaches for Nursing Homes and Hospitals
    In early 2010, Pennsylvania nursing homes and hospitals reported an increased number of cases of gastrointestinal illness which are consistent with recurring outbreaks of the highly contagious norovirus and norovirus-like illnesses nationwide. With a new norovirus season ...More
    December 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Asymptomatic Food Handlers Shouldn't Be Overlooked in Outbreak Investigations
    Although food handlers may be asymptomatic, it is crucial for outbreak investigators to consider these individuals' role in the food preparation process, researchers say in a new study published in BMC Infectious Diseases. Barrabeig, et al. (2010) report that in July 2005, ...More
    September 15, 2010 Posted in News