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Norovirus spreads at Olympics; hand sanitizers little help

Forty-two more cases of norovirus have been confirmed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, bringing the total to 128 on the eve of the start of the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. On Thursday, organizers put out hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer, requiring athletes and anyone else entering the cafeteria to use it, the New… Continue Reading

South Korea calls military after noro hits guards at Olympics

South Korea has deployed 900 military personnel after some 1,200 security guards were pulled from duty because of a norovirus outbreak at Winter Olympic facilities in PyeongChang. The Korea Herald said 41 security guards suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea Sunday and have been hospitalized. Today, CNN is reporting that more than 1,000 security guards… Continue Reading

Nearly 550 customers of two restaurants sick from norovirus

The number of people sick in a Tacoma, WA-area norovirus outbreak hit 542 this week, increasing by almost 40 percent since Jan. 11. Norovirus has been confirmed by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department officials as the pathogen responsible for the outbreak. Of the 542 reported victims, 520 ate at an El Toro restaurant in Tacoma. Another… Continue Reading

Suspected norovirus illnesses temporarily close restaurant

A Seattle restaurant is temporarily closed because of illnesses reported by customers. The Pho Aroma restaurant will not reopen until public health officials give their OK. The local health department, Public Health Seattle & King County, reported Thursday that is is investigating at least five cases of suspected norovirus linked to the restaurant; three customers… Continue Reading

Briefly: Pufferfish poison — Sail or fail — CRISPR mushrooms

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Emergency alert about ‘fugu’ aka pufferfish Gamagori City in Japan issued an emergency alert Monday after two people ate  portions… Continue Reading

CDC names top five foodborne illnesses in United States

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka staph. Some other germs don’t cause as many illnesses, but when they do, the diseases are more likely to lead to hospitalization. Those germs include E coli, Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism),… Continue Reading

Suspected Norovirus at Seattle-area Wild Ginger

Washington State’s Seattle-King County Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with the trendy Wild Ginger restaurant in Bellevue, WA. Public Health learned on Dec. 26 of 5 ill persons from one party of diners who became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant… Continue Reading

CDC reports cruise ship outbreaks mostly norovirus

The holiday cruise season is steaming toward the New Year having logged less than one foodborne illness outbreak a month thus far in 2017 that met the CDC’s criteria for public posting. As of Dec. 8, there had been 10 such outbreaks involving nine ships from five cruise lines, according to the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading