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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

Norovirus Suspected as Nearly 130 Children at Indiana School are Sickened

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About 130 children were out sick for two days this past week at a northwest Indiana elementary school, and district officials said that Norovirus was most likely to blame. “Twenty-seven percent of our population is significant, and it’s a concern,” Lake Central School Corporation Assistant Superintendent Al Gandolfi said about Peifer Elementary School in Schererville, IL…. Continue Reading

Minnesota Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Restaurant Sickens 30 People

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Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that an outbreak of Norovirus in Winona County has sickened approximately 30 people during the past 10 days. Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Department of Health said that illnesses probably began around Sept. 23, although the department learned about them on Sept. 30. He said the illness, which causes vomiting… Continue Reading

CDC Report: Restaurants Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 19-21 million cases of norovirus infections each year. Food is a vehicle for about 5.5 million cases, and the agency believes that improved food safety is an important part of reducing norovirus infections. This week, CDC issued a report on the latest statistics… Continue Reading

Norovirus at Waikiki Beach Hotel Sickens About 100 People

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Health officials have reportedly been supervising disinfection measures at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki Beach on Oahu, where an estimated 100 guests and staff recently came down with norovirus. The hotel voluntarily closed its kitchens for 72 hours as a precaution even though food wasn’t positively identified as the source. “We also know that… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected at Chuck E. Cheese’s Near Minneapolis

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Hennepin County health officials are investigating why a number of people apparently got sick after eating this past weekend at the Chuck E. Cheese’s outlet in Maple Grove west of Minneapolis. Health Department spokesman Bill Billknap said that norovirus was suspected after public health officials contacted others who ate there by using cash register receipts… Continue Reading

European Food Safety Authority Addresses Pathogen Risks of Leafy Greens

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The European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Biological Hazards has issued the first of five scientific opinions requested by the European Commission. The first one, published Thursday, addresses the public health risk posed by Salmonella and norovirus on leafy greens eaten raw as salads. The panel considered risk factors along the whole food chain, including… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

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The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading