Playing the numbers, Salmonella-at-Cuban-resort edition

When barfing endlessly, it’s of little comfort to know you represent only 1.5% of possible barfers.

Yet that is the insensitive numbers game tour operators like Thomas Cook continue to play when they confirm 29 cases of “mild illness” reported by guests staying at the Hotel Playa Pesquero in Cuba in the first two weeks of April.

vomit(7)“This represents just 1.5% of the overall hotel population of 1,800,” the operator said.

The operator disputed allegations made by holiday illness compensation specialists Your Holiday Claims that 80% of holidaymakers had fallen ill due to an outbreak of Salmonella at the hotel.

Your Holiday Claims alleged that many British holidaymakers had been taken to hospital during their stay. Many were believed to be on saline drips for severe dehydration after being violently ill, the law firm said.

Cook responded by saying: “We are aware that a statement was recently issued by a no-win, no-fee lawyer.

“This repeated as yet unsubstantiated allegations and we consider this to be deeply irresponsible.”

42 sickened; diarrhea outbreak caused by Salmonella in South Africa

Salmonella was the likely cause of a diarrhea outbreak in Limpopo, South Africa, earlier this week where 42 people were hospitalised, a Sapa correspondent reported on Tuesday.

The outbreak was reported on Monday by the provincial diseases outbreak response team, which believed the initial cause was contaminated food or water at Mokopane Family guy barfLodge.

“We took water and food samples immediately after the outbreak and preliminary results on the food samples have identified salmonella food poisoning,” response team member Macks Lesufi said.

“We are still yet to get results on the water samples, but so far we have put the whole lodge under quarantine until further notice.”

Lesufi did not provide a copy of the preliminary results, as it was state property.

“We will only release the final results to the public maybe after Thursday,” he said.

Lots of barfing as temperatures hit 42C at Australian Open

There was lots of barfing at the Australian Open yesterday but it wasn’t food – the temperature reached 42C.  It doesn’t even get that hot in Brisbane, the Tampa of Australia. But other parts of the country are prone to huge temperature fluctuations.

Andy Murray has warned the Australian Open it risks damaging the reputation of tennis barfing.australian.open.jan.14after players were forced to play in searing heat in Melbourne.

Canadian player Frank Dancevic and a ball boy both collapsed on court while China’s Peng Shuai vomited then suffered cramps during her defeat as temperatures soared above 40C.

Czech veteran Radek Stepanek also retired with heat exhaustion against Slovenian Blaz Kavcic.

Merry Christmas North Carolina, it’s noro season

After a couple of days in the 70s (that’s above 21C for the non-Americans) the weather in North Carolina has turned cold and crisp. Along with the cooler weather comes the seasonal warning for increased norovirus illnesses.Water plant
Noroviruses haven’t always been called noroviruses. In 1929 Dr. John Zahorsky wrote about children developing sporadic cases of vomiting, supplemented by watery diarrhea each year between November and May – and over 30 years of clinical practice, he coined the term winter vomiting sickness. According to a 1950 Time Magazine article, Dr. Zahorsky was a pediatrician working extolling the vitures of good sanitation during birth and infant care – one of the fathers of disease prevention.

In 1968, one of these winter vomiting sickness outbreaks occurred in an elementary school in Norwalk, OH. Teachers and students were both affected, with 32% of the primary cases spreading illness to others in their families and homes. After a collaborative investigation with researchers from NIH and Walter-Reed Army medical center a causative agent was found in the feces of the ill — a 27nm sized virus particle. Zahorsky’s illnesses then took on the name Norwalk. Since then, the name has morphed to Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses, which begat noroviruses.

As the weather turns cold, noro in the population emerges and becomes somewhat more stable in the environment. According to the Raleigh News and Observer lots of folks in North Carolina are getting sick.

With two outbreaks in North Carolina last week now confirmed as norovirus, the season for the hard-to-fight intestinal illness has begun, say state health officials.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is tracking 29 cases so far in Henderson and another six in Alamance County, said Ricky Diaz, a department spokesman.

75 sick; norovirus suspected after footballers fall ill in Minn

The Minnesota Health Department is investigating a foodborne illness that sickened at least 75 people who ate at a banquet for Totino Grace football players Sunday in Brooklyn Park.

The banquet was attended by 273 people at the Edinburgh USA Golf Course clubhouse restaurant. Jeff Ferguson, football coach at the private Roman Catholic school in Fridley, football.vomitsaid at least 41 adults and 34 students fell ill. “I think it was food poisoning. They got sick over a period of two days,” he said.

State health officials suspect that the illnesses were caused by norovirus because of the victims’ symptoms, which included vomiting and diarrhea, Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz said Thursday.

What color is your barf?

The U.K. Food Standards Authority would like all British citizens to keep it up to date with the color of their vomit.

The government wants to keep abreast of the norovirus.

Twitterers are desperately fond of keeping everyone fully informed of all their bodily colrosfunctions. They create helpful hashtags like #barf, #puke and #retch.

The FSA’s social media manager, James Baker, told the Guardian: “We found that the changes in the number of tweets using symptom keywords predicted the increase in lab reports at the start of the annual peak in human cases.”

Indeed, graphic Twitter descriptions of stool hue and vomit shade might give the authorities as much as a four-week headstart in dealing with the virus’ spread.

Air China passengers vomit, get diarrhea from expired food

On Oct. 5, 2013, passengers on flight Air China CA1268 to Beijing experienced severe diarrhea and vomiting after eating expired biscuits, Beijing Evening News reports.

One family, surnamed Zhang, had reportedly noticed that the biscuits had been expired for four days and reported them to a crew OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmember, who agreed to replace hers but not to alert the other passengers. About half an hour later, a bout of diarrhea and vomiting swept through the cabin, affecting at least 30 people, who formed massive queues in front of the lavatories. 

Possible food poisoning strikes passengers on trans-Atlantic flight

Fifteen people took ill in a possible case of food poisoning during a trans-Atlantic flight Wednesday, officials told ABC News.

Inspectors with the local health department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Delta Flight 72 as it arrived at Kennedy BarfingBarbie.vomitjpgInternational Airport in New York around 5 p.m., airport officials said. The flight originated in Istanbul, Turkey.

“They had stomach cramps and were vomiting,” said one source.

The stricken passengers were interviewed and declined offers to be transported to a hospital for further treatment.

Ontario town mulls $120 fine for vomiting, other bodily fluids in taxis

Cleaning up vomit is serious business, especially if norovirus is involved because the viral particles can aerosolize.

The City of Woodstock, Ontario, Caanda, is looking into imposing a $120 charge on anyone who vomits or leaves other bodily fluids in taxis.

Taxi companies in the southwestern Ontario city have been complaining about an vomit.don'tincrease in intoxicated passengers on Friday and Saturday nights.

A taxi industry representative recently told council that vomit and other body fluids must be dealt with as a bio hazard and the affected cab must be taken off the road until it is professionally cleaned.

That costs about $120.

The city plans to consult with its solicitor, police and bylaw enforcement officials before coming up with a report on how to deal with the issue.