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At Least 96 Sickened With Norovirus at North Carolina Sushi Burger Bar

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At least 96 people were sickened with norovirus from The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Charlotte, NC, in early June, reports the Charlotte Observer. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one norovirus case with laboratory testing and said the other 95 were “probable” cases. The Cowfish closed on June 5 and… Continue Reading

Nearly 200 People Sue UK Restaurant After Norovirus Outbreak

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A restaurant in Exeter in the United Kingdom is facing a lawsuit from 193 diners who say they were sickened with norovirus after eating there just before Easter of this year. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say that a franchise location of the Toby Pub & Carvery did not immediately shut down after becoming aware of a… Continue Reading

ProPublica Study Dishes on Cruise Ship Food Safety Problems

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With more than 22 million passengers each year, cruise ships are a popular way to get out and see the world, but they’re also a great venue for spreading contagious foodborne illnesses to a large number of people in a short amount of time, according to a new study on the health and safety of the… Continue Reading

Yearly Economic Burden of Foodborne Illness Estimated at $15.5 Billion

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The latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. “Economic burden of a disease is not the same thing as the impact of a disease on economic indicators like gross domestic product or even the out-of-pocket cost of treating illness,” states USDA’s Economic Research Service report released… Continue Reading

When a Norovirus Expert Got Norovirus

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education, based at NC State, is the fourth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first article in the series can… Continue Reading

UK Foodborne Virus Reports Identify Areas Needing More Research

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There were two reports published Wednesday on the status of viruses in the UK food chain. The first, a report by Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chief Scientific Advisor Guy Poppy, explores what viruses in food are, how they cause disease, how FSA is working with others to use science to understand them, and some of… Continue Reading

Study: Contaminated Food Causes 14 Percent of Norovirus Outbreaks Worldwide

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According to new work by researchers from the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 14 percent of all norovirus outbreaks are attributed to contaminated food. Noroviruses are one of the leading causes of gastroenteritis worldwide. In the U.S., the virus causes 19-21 million illnesses, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and… Continue Reading

Some Shellfish Harvested in Washington State Inlet Recalled for Potential Norovirus

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The Washington State Department of Health announced Wednesday that several Washington state shellfish companies are recalling molluscan shellfish harvested from a portion of the southern shoreline of Hammersley Inlet near Shelton, WA, from Nov. 10 to Dec. 5, 2014, because they may be contaminated with Norovirus. These products were shipped to multiple retail locations nationwide…. Continue Reading

Norovirus Was Cause of Outbreaks at Two Universities Last Week

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Norovirus was the pathogen responsible for sickening students at Emory University and the University of Virginia last week, health department officials have revealed. At least 89 students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia sought care for gastrointestinal illness at the health care center or the University Hospital between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, according to… Continue Reading

Norovirus Caused Outbreak Among NAACP Conference Attendees in CA

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The San Mateo County Health Department has announced that Norovirus was the bug that sickened dozens of people at an NAACP conference in Redwood City, California. Approximately 60 people fell ill with nausea and vomiting, symptoms of a Norovirus infection, after attending the 27th Annual NAACP California Hawaii State Convention at the Sofitel Luxury Hotel… Continue Reading