Oubreak in Greensboro not the Black Plague (well that's good, I guess)

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GLIDE Number: EP-20070209-9793-USA
Date / time: 09/02/2007 19:29:03
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: North Carolina
City: Greensboro
Number of Deads: None or unknow
Number of Injured: None or unknow
Damage level: Minor

Description:
Two hospitals are asking visitors, especially children, to stay away until they control an outbreak of a highly contagious stomach virus that has sickened patients and staff members. "We're just asking the community to help out," said Dr. Ward Robinson, an infectious disease specialist at Moses Cone Hospital. "I don't think this is the black plague coming into Greensboro." Doctors confirmed an outbreak at the hospital and believe the virus also has hit Wesley Long Hospital. The number of people affected wasn't immediately available, hospital officials said.Three suspected norovirus cases first appeared on Feb. 1 and were not confirmed until Wednesday, Doug Allred, a spokesman for Moses Cone Health System, said Friday. The hospitals will admit new patients who will be sent to areas considered clear of the virus. "All services are running as normal," Allred said. "Mostly this is aimed at visitors to take these precautions." Allred said it wasn't clear where the infection originated. "It's coming in from elsewhere," he said. "It's in our community." A number of cruises, airplane flights, hotels and other gathering places have been stricken over the past several years with outbreaks of noroviruses. The viruses can cause diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting for two to four days, but are generally not fatal, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Comments

Hospitals

are the cesspools of modern man. I work in the health care sector, and it's amazing how quickly the bugs adapt to how we try and kill them. I knew a fella in Colorado who went in to have a mole excised (why he was at the hospital I don't know), and came down with strep A and was in a hyperbaric chamber for almost a month. All it takes is one or two people with Norwalk virus (the most common of the noroviruses mentioned above)to pass it along to their friends, families and neighbors. Also, if there have been any recent issues with the wastewater treatment facilities "upstream" from Greensboro, that would likely be the culprit (always read your semi-annual water report!) and is where I would place my bet.

As we live in Concord, it hopefully won't affect us, but thanks for putting it out on the wire!

Damn.

I knew there was something weird going on in Greensboro.

My wife and I got the norovirus

The week we moved to Miami. No friends, no family, one young baby. Not fun. At all.

My wife has had raw oyster food poisoning and said that was a cake-walk compared to this. At one point I was completely delirious and wandered off from the car with a towel over my head.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Between medication errors and Nosocomial Infections

Medication errors and nosocomial infections are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Hospitals are not effectively regulated and the FDA is asleep at the wheel.