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Norovirus Hits California RNC Delegation

At least a dozen staffers are stuck in hotel 60 miles away

(Newser) - Republican National Convention organizers are worried about a guest even less welcome than the Clinton family would be: norovirus. The highly contagious virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea and is known for turning cruises into hellish experiences, has struck down at least a dozen members of the California delegation, the... More »

A Hurting Chipotle Is Getting Into the Burger Business

The Mexican chain has trademarked 'Better Burger'

(Newser) - What do you do when your burrito chain has been responsible for multiple outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus that sickened dozens of customers over the past six months? If you're Chipotle , you get into the burger business. Chipotle filed a trademark application for the name "Better Burger"... More »

Chipotle Employees Will Now Get Paid Sick Leave

Even clouds made of E. coli and salmonella have silver linings

(Newser) - It looks like one good thing might come out of the various Chipotle outbreaks that sickened dozens of people across nine states at the tail end of 2015. Consumerist reports the restaurant chain will announce paid sick leave for employees during a company-wide meeting in February. The idea is that... More »

Feds Subpoena Chipotle in Norovirus Outbreak

Looks like that food poisoning in California is leading to all sorts of problems

(Newser) - Sickened customers and employees, bad publicity, and tumbling stock prices were apparently just the beginning of Chipotle's woes. Now the restaurant chain has been slapped with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into a food poisoning outbreak in August, the AP reports. The subpoena received in... More »

Cruise Ship Hit by 2nd Outbreak This Year

Norovirus sickens 172 on Crown Princess

(Newser) - A 28-day Pacific cruise turned out to be a less magical experience than expected for at least 172 people on board the Crown Princess. CDC officials met the cruise ship when it docked in Los Angeles yesterday after its second norovirus outbreak of the year, reports Reuters . In April, more... More »

Germ-Ridden Doorknob Can Infect Building in Hours

Virus quickly spread to more than half of one building's occupants

(Newser) - "The hand is quicker than the sneeze in the spread of disease," warns the lead author of a study that found a single germ-laden doorknob can spread a virus throughout a building in the space of hours. University of Arizona researcher Charles Gerba's team placed a harmless... More »

100 Get Virus as Cruise Goes On

Most are better, but half are quarantined amid California voyage

(Newser) - More than 100 passengers have contracted the highly contagious norovirus on a ship that is touring the California coast. But the cruise line said today it has no plans to end the voyage early. Some 104 passengers and 25 crew members on the Crown Princess had been infected by the... More »

230 Struck With Stomach Bug at Virginia School

School shuts down to be decontaminated

(Newser) - An Alexandria, Virginia, elementary school is closed today to get professionally disinfected after 230 students and staff members came down with a stomach bug. Thirty-three staff members called in sick before Thursday's classes, with five more going home mid-day; and 160 children were absent, with dozens more leaving mid-day.... More »

Outbreak Hits Yet Another Cruise

But hey, at least customers get 20% off their next trip!

(Newser) - Just when you thought the cruise industry had used up its supply of terrible headlines, yet another voyage has been cut short because of illness. Federal health officials are investigating after more than 170 passengers and crew members became sick aboard the Caribbean Princess. The ship returned to port in... More »

Cruise Ends Early After Gut Bug Sickens 300

Diarrhea, vomiting force 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise back to shore

(Newser) - A Royal Caribbean cruise liner is being forced to head to shore early after a stomach bug rapidly spread throughout the ship, resulting in hundreds of vomiting passengers. Some 303 people—281 of them passengers, which works out to 9% of the ship's guests—became sick with vomiting and... More »

26 Passengers Quarantined After Falling Ill on Flight

Qantas fliers may have norovirus

(Newser) - More than two dozen passengers became ill with a stomach bug during a 14-hour Qantas flight from Chile to Australia yesterday, with 16 taken by ambulance to a hospital on arrival at Sydney airport, officials said. The 26 sick passengers were part of the same tour group and were suspected... More »

Now Yellowstone Knows How Cruise Ships Feel

It's dealing with a norovirus outbreak

(Newser) - A highly contagious virus famed for striking cruise ships is now attacking those on some pretty prominent dry land: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Some 200 have been hit by the norovirus there so far, though tourists have gotten the longer end of the stick, with 150 employees and... More »

Cruise Returns to Port With Norovirus Outbreak

As many as 200 infected on Royal Caribbean voyage in Florida

(Newser) - Lately, the cruise industry has had it rough . Really , really , really rough. The hits kept on coming today, as a Royal Caribbean ship returned to port in the Everglades bearing a lot of angry passengers thanks to yet another norovirus outbreak—the second such incident in as many weeks, CBS... More »

Thanks, Australia: Stomach Bug Spreading in US

Cases from new strain of norovirus on the rise, says CDC

(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... More »

Norovirus Hits 2 Cruise Ships

Including the Queen Mary 2

(Newser) - Norovirus outbreaks have struck two luxury cruise ships, including the famous Queen Mary 2, ABC News reports. While Cunard, the company that owns the Queen Mary 2, says that only 19 people have "active symptoms" today, the CDC says that 194 passengers and 11 crew have been reported ill... More »

2 Fla. Cruise Ships Stricken by Norovirus

Princess Cruises announces outbreak on Crown Princess, Ruby Princess

(Newser) - If this isn't enough to make you cancel your cruise plans, nothing will: Almost 500 people are sick after coming down with Norovirus on two Florida-based Princess ships. The 499 cases of the illness, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, were reported when the ships returned to Fort Lauderdale this... More »

Scientists Zero In on Cure for the Common Cold

Drugs could boost body's natural virus-killing process

(Newser) - Until recently, it was thought that there was no cure for the common cold. Now, new research shows that our immune systems can destroy the cold virus after it has entered a cell, the Independent reports. New antiviral drugs could be developed based on this research within the next few... More »

Beware Salsa, Guacamole: Food Safety Experts

Made in big batches and left sitting out, dips can cause trouble

(Newser) - As guacamole and salsa become more popular, they also account for a rising number of cases of food poisoning, new statistics show. The dips once represented 1.5% of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and delis, but between 1998 and 2008, that fraction climbed to nearly 4%. Part of the... More »

Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

(Newser) - From spinach to peanut butter, consumers have weathered plenty of food scares recently. So the Center for Science in the Public Interest combed through CDC data to identify the foods most likely to harbor foodborne illness. Starting with the most dangerous:
  1. Leafy greens: Your salad could easily be coated in
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Passenger Dies on Luxury Flu-Liner

(Newser) - A 74-year-old passenger has died after some 150 people fell ill with suspected norovirus on the luxury cruise liner Marco Polo, reports the BBC. The ship was touring the UK and Ireland with some 1100 passengers and staff when the illness broke out. The liner is currently being held at... More »

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