Thanks, Australia: Stomach Bug Spreading in US
Cases from new strain of norovirus on the rise, says CDC
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2013 7:22 PM CST
The nausea lasts up to three days.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A new strain of a highly contagious stomach virus from Australia is making lives miserable across the US, says the CDC. This particular strain is now responsible for most (58%) of the norovirus cases being reported in the country, reports WebMD and USA Today. The bug brings the usual happy symptoms associated with nausea, and it's easy to catch, even by just touching an infected object. The flu is a separate beast—"there's no connection between them at all," says a CDC epidemiologist—but its early start this year is helping deliver a nasty one-two punch in January.

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Jan 26, 2013 5:36 AM CST
One of the nurses where I worked described it to me...vomiting all weekend, with a ten pound weight loss (although some of that was probably fluid). I don't think it came from Australia. It was probably described/typed in Australia. It probably spread through the cruise ship route, that's where it seems the most people are being exposed to one source.
Jan 25, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Don't believe everything you read from this third-rate news organization, Jojo. I'm a Yank living in Australia, and I've never even heard of this stomach virus here. Needless to say, I don't have it, nor have I had it, nor has anyone I know. I think the Centers for Disease Control are just looking for a scapegoat. . Recall that we here in the Southern Hemisphere are in the middle of summer, while the CDC call this norovirus the "winter vomiting disease." So do you think this virus has been sitting around here since our last winter (your last summer) then suddenly decided to fly 7,400 miles, the width of the vast Pacific, to go wreak havoc inside your tummy? Get a grip, man! . Go drink some lemon water or some ginger tea and get some rest. You'll be all better in a couple days.
Jan 24, 2013 11:12 PM CST
Already had the 1-2 punch at Christmas, thanks a lot Aussies. Bastards.