Norovirus, the notorious “stomach bug,” can spread like wildfire through homes, schools, healthcare facilities and cruise ships. According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus also can be spread among swimmers in natural water bodies. In July, 2014, 70 people became ill with norovirus after swimming in Oregon’s Blue Lake, on the outskirts of Portland. More than half of these were children between four and ten years old. A CDC investigation found those who swam in the lake over the course of one weekend were more than twice as likely to develop vomiting or diarrhea as those who visited the lake but did not go in the water. The outbreak was the subject of public communication during CDC’s 2015 Healthy and Safe Swimming Week1.
Anatomy of an Aqueous Outbreak
Last summer’s norovirus outbreak in Oregon probably started after a … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>