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Norovirus

Norovirus Contamination Lawsuits

Norovirus | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Food Poisoning: Illness, Outbreak, Exposure | Bacteria, Contamination

A Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause the stomach flu, or gastroenteritis in people. The term norovirus was recently approved as the official name for this group of viruses. Several other names have been used for noroviruses, including: Norwalk-like viruses (NLVs), Caliciviruses (because they belong to the virus family Caliciviridae), and small round structured viruses. Noroviruses are not affected by treatment with antibiotics, and cannot grow outside of a person’s body.

Causes

Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected people. People can become infected with the virus in several ways, including:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus
  • Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus, and then placing their hand in their mouth
  • Having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms (for example, when caring for someone with illness, or sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill).

Persons working in day-care centers or nursing homes should pay special attention to children or residents who have norovirus illness. This virus is very contagious and can spread rapidly throughout such environments.

Symptoms

People may feel very sick and vomit many times a day, but most people get better within 1 or 2 days, and they have no long-term health effects related to the illness. However, sometimes people are unable to drink enough liquids to replenish the liquids they lost because of vomiting and diarrhea. These individuals can become dehydrated and may need special medical attention. This problem with dehydration is usually only seen among the very young, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Noroviruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. Both stool and vomit are infectious. Particular care should be taken with young children in diapers who may have diarrhea.

Prevention

  • To decrease your chance of coming in contact with noroviruses by following these preventive steps:
  • Frequently wash your hands, especially after toilet visits and changing diapers and before eating or preparing food.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and steam oysters before eating them.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness by using a bleach-based household cleaner.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with virus after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).
  • Flush or discard any vomitus and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is kept clean.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Norovirus

If you or a loved one developed a Norovirus as a result of eating contaminated foods or liquids and you developed serious health ailments, you may be entitled to compensation, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).



 

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Nashville Health Officials Look for Cause of Norovirus Outbreak at Opryland Hotel

Apr 7, 2015
People at Opryland Hotel Tested Positive For Norovirus The Metro Public Health Department In Tennessee said Monday that two more people have tested positive for norovirus at the Gaylord Opryland hotel. The first case was confirmed by health officials last Friday. Last Thursday an Opryland representative contacted the health department after a number of guests reported gastrointestinal and/or flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, ABC6 reports (wate.com). Health...

Few School Cafeterias Inspected

Dec 16, 2009
Issue of Meat To School Cafeterias We’ve been following the issue of meats being supplied to this country’s school lunch program that are not always as actively tested for food borne pathogens as some meat used in fast food restaurants. We’ve also been following stories involving outbreaks of Norovirus in schools, most recently an outbreak that sickened hundreds in a Staten Island school over the past week. Now, USA Today is reporting that school cafeterias are not being...

Oysters May Be Tied To Norovirus Outbreak

Dec 7, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
FDA Advised Consumers To Avoid Eating Oysters The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to avoid eating oysters harvested from the San Antonio Bay on or after November 16 due to reports of norovirus-associated illnesses in some people who had consumed oysters harvested from this area, which is located on the Gulf of Texas.Norovirus, a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis are not helped with antibiotics. People become infected by eating food or drinking...

Cruise Ship Norovirus Study Points Finger at Dirty Public Bathrooms

Nov 17, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Norovirus Ruined Cruise Vacation A norovirus outbreak has ruined more than one cruise vacation.  Now a new study suggests that keeping public restrooms on cruse ships clean could go a long way in preventing norovirus among passengers and crew.Unfortunately, the study, which was published in the journal "Clinical Infections Diseases" found that public bathrooms on cruise ships are not being cleaned properly.  What's more, the U.S.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Norovirus Shuts Down Massachusetts' Babson College

Mar 30, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Babson College Is Closing Babson College in Wellesley, near Boston, Massachusetts, is closing until at least Wednesday following what is believed to be a norovirus outbreak there.  NBC News reported that about 100 students and staff fell ill with severe nausea and vomiting and the Examiner reported that some students have been hospitalized with dehydration.Tom Lyons, a spokesman for the State Department of Health in Massachusetts, described the norovirus as being "miserable," but not...

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