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Guess what’s coming to IAFP?

A bunch of norovirus plushies

We have been working really hard on this year’s swag for IAFP, and we have a lot of neat things to show for our efforts. Here is a bit of what we are bringing to the exhibitor’s hall. Come visit us at booth #545 (we’re near the food) if you want to come away with […]

Outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness at three popular US swimming spots

Lake shoreline with dock

It’s the time of year when people take to the water to relax and beat the heat, but unfortunately, noroviruses don’t mind getting wet. Over the weekend, three popular swimming spots were closed after visitors became sick with norovirus-like symptoms: Horseshoe Lake in Washington, Blue Lake in Oregon, and Eagle Island State Park in Idaho. […]

Upcoming symposium to honor Dr. Al Kapikian on September 30th

A photograph of Dr. Albert Kapikian

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will be holding a symposium in honor of Dr. Al Kapikian in Bethesda, Maryland on September 30, 2014. It will run from 1-4:30pm, followed by a reception. You may register for the event on the NIAID website. Registration closes on August 29th, so […]

Case of Hepatitis A at a Colorado restaurant

A plate of tacos

Over 800 vaccines have been administered to patrons of Tortilla Marissa’s, a popular Tex-Mex restaurant in Fort Collins, after an employee tested positive for hepatitis A virus last Wednesday. More than 400 people received the free vaccines and immunoglobulin injections at the Larimer County Health Department on Sunday, and the health department has decided to […]

Norovirus prompts temporary closure of an Illinois camp

An image of canoes on a dock

The 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello experienced an outbreak of norovirus last week, after 50 people became sick within a 48 hour period. The director elected to close the camp for a week for cleaning to prevent additional cases, and to give staff who were sick time to get over the virus. They are using […]

Norovirus outbreak at a lake in Victoria, British Columbia

A lake in western Canada

While many noroviruses are spread person-to-person or through contaminated foods, it is important to remember that contaminated water is another good way to move the viruses around. Noroviruses eventually degrade in water, but the rate at which it happens is highly dependent on the water chemistry and conditions. Earlier this month, swimmers at Thetis Lake […]

The CDC’s new Vital Signs report on noroviruses

Norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the US.

The news media has been abuzz these past 24 hours following a new Vital Signs report released by the CDC that focuses on noroviruses, particularly their prevention in the food service industry. Here, we try to break down what this report means and why it is important. What is a Vital Signs report? Each month, […]

Aloha, Norovirus?

A tropical sunset

Noroviruses like to pop up where people gather, including idyllic, luxury paradises. Visitors to the historic Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu began falling ill a little over a week ago and the Hawaii State Department of Health reported that over 100 people, guests and staff included, ultimately became sick in a norovirus outbreak. According to the […]

Noroviruses still a concern in some schools

A photograph of many colorful pieces of chalk and an eraser on a chalk board.

The norovirus season may be finally winding down with the warming temperatures (hooray!), but three elementary schools in Vancouver, Washington have had to deal with suspected norovirus outbreaks in recent weeks. The three schools are all within twenty miles of each other and in the same county: Walnut Grove Elementary School, Hockinson Heights Elementary School, […]

Norovirus on a university campus

An acoustic guitar in a field

The California Polytechnic Institute has been recovering from a small outbreak of gastrointestinal disease.  Over the past several days there have been almost 30 cases of students with norovirus-like symptoms, and one laboratory-confirmed case of the virus. In most outbreak investigations, epidemiologists try to identify the source of a disease, and preliminary sleuthing points to […]