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  • 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
  • CDC Report Examines Foodborne Agents Associated with Outbreaks
    A total of 1,097 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported in 2007 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a new agency analysis. State investigators reported 21,244 illnesses and 18 deaths as a result of these outbreaks. The report also ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Web Searches Indicate Norovirus Infections in Communities, Researchers Say
    Observing what Internet users type into Web search engines could be a unique way to conduct infectious disease surveillance, according to researchers at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control in Solna, Sweden. ...More
    August 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Publishes Draft Norovirus Prevention Guideline
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is inviting public comments on the draft Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus: Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings.” The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News