This Time Some Salads, Veggies and Sea Food Not Good For You!

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 9:55 AM
August 8, 2013

Aftermath-Norovirus-Outbreak    A mysterious stomach illness is sweeping across the United States.  Either the same parasite called by different names, or different types of parasite/viruses/‘bugs’ now simultaneously attack at least 400 Americans in some 16 states.

Actually the ‘bug’ has been traveling across this country for over a year, but for a long time, medical officials had no idea what it was, or what to call it.  Last January, they tagged it as ‘the new Sydney strain of Norovirus’ or Norwalk virus.

At that time, Associated Press wrote:  “The new strain is making people sick in Japan, Western Europe, and other parts of the world. It was first identified last year in Australia and called the Sydney strain.”

Highly contagious, this Sydney strain spreads in places like schools, cruise ships, nursing homes, etc.  Apparently it was the cause of mass sickness aboard the Queen Mary II during a Caribbean cruise where 220 people fell ill.

Mary Clare Jalonick of Associated Press this week says, “According to the FDA 113 illnesses have been found in Texas, 146 in Iowa and 81 in Nebraska.”  She also wrote an article with David Pitt again linking the illness to bagged salads.

This time calling it ‘cyclospora,’ the two discussed the virus transporting the malady:  “The parasite is so tiny that it’s often difficult to confirm that a person has the illness, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Tests often have to be repeated with fresh samples.”

This particular parasite is native to tropic locations and usually comes to the United States through imported produce. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published symptoms as: stomach cramps, diarrhea, other flu-like symptoms.

Earlier this month, the FDA admitted the illness––at least in Iowa and Nebraska––“is linked to salad mix served at localWash-Your-Hands Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and supplied by a Mexican farm.”  They add:  “The illness is usually spread when people ingest foods or water contaminated with feces.”

In their overview about Norovirus, the CDC says the bug is typically found in leafy greens, fresh fruits and shellfish, and that the best defense against it is thorough washing of fruits and vegetables, as well as food preparers hands.

Moreover, that agency warns “there is no specific medicine” for the bug, because it is a viral and not bacterial infection. They are most concerned that victims of the but drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration.

CDC forebodes:  “. . . you can get norovirus illness many times [because] there are many different types of noroviruses.  Being infected with one type of norovirus may not protect you against other types.” Aha. They still don’t know!

Used Christian Bibles ask believers to pray, thanking God for all meals: “. . . that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 3: 13).”  Pray! No matter what they may label any bug!

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