Ugh! Norovirus! Anyone else had it yet?

  • Rhi_Bran

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    Jan 01, 2015 9:32 PM GMT
    Seems to be really bad this year, and super contagious. Roommate had it, I had it, several of my coworkers had it. Had me in puking fits for a day, and several days later my appetite still hasn't recovered.
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    Jan 01, 2015 9:41 PM GMT
    isn't this like the stomach flu? luckily i've avoided it this year. i've had it in the past though --- it's terrible and usually takes 3-5 days before you're finally back to normal.
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    Jan 01, 2015 9:57 PM GMT
    I'm terrible about eating left-overs long after they were prepared. I'm always shocked that I never get sick from it. I guess I have a cast iron stomach.
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:11 PM GMT
    It's a viral gastrointestinal illness, yes, the one commonly associated with "stomach flu" (though influenza attacks the respiratory system, and can't survive the stomach).

    Radd - people with A, B, and AB blood may be at reduced risk of norovirus infection than people with O blood. Not clear on the details, but if you're not an O, that may be why.
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    Viruses do not replicate in stored food.
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    I had it last year in this same time of the year and I never get sick. My blood type is O
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:50 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIt's a viral gastrointestinal illness, yes, the one commonly associated with "stomach flu" (though influenza attacks the respiratory system, and can't survive the stomach).

    Radd - people with A, B, and AB blood may be at reduced risk of norovirus infection than people with O blood. Not clear on the details, but if you're not an O, that may be why.


    I'm A+
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:55 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidViruses do not replicate in stored food.

    Viruses, bacteria; who cares?   icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:55 PM GMT
    fuckin blood type im screwed
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    Jan 01, 2015 11:22 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    mindgarden saidViruses do not replicate in stored food.

    Viruses, bacteria; who cares?   icon_twisted.gif


    What you can get from old potato salad and the like is food poisoning. It's not an infection. It's when so many bacteria have grown (and died) in the stuff that the lipopolysaccharide from their cell membranes reaches toxic concentrations so that it actually poisons you. (The kinds of bacteria that you find in yogurt and cheese have different kinds of cell membranes without LPS.)

    After all, if it were an infectious process, you could avoid it by also just having some of that gnarly green bread from the back of the fridge, which would be loaded with antibiotics from the mold. icon_razz.gif Of course, if it were rye bread, it might have the kind of mold that makes you see green hippos floating through space. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 01, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    Of course, if it were rye bread, it might have the kind of mold that makes you see green hippos floating through space. icon_neutral.gif

    LOL! In a more serious vein, I've read papers that postulated some of the outbreaks of witchcraft hysteria in Europe in medieval and early Renaissance times were due to mold in grains during protracted cold, damp weather periods. That produced hallucinogenic effects on people who ate them.
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    Jan 01, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    mindgarden said
    Of course, if it were rye bread, it might have the kind of mold that makes you see green hippos floating through space. icon_neutral.gif

    LOL! In a more serious vein, I've read papers that postulated some of the outbreaks of witchcraft hysteria in Europe in medieval and early Renaissance times were due to mold in grains during protracted cold, damp weather periods. That produced hallucinogenic effects on people who ate them.


    Yes, it's called "ergot poisoning" because the kind of fungus that produces those sorts of alkaloids most commonly grows as mold on rye grass and hence can theoretically end up in home made rye bread. LSD is one of this group of alkaloids. The effects have been known for hundreds of years, and have been known to affect entire villages.

    Wait, what were we talking about?
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    Jan 01, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidSeems to be really bad this year, and super contagious. Roommate had it, I had it, several of my coworkers had it. Had me in puking fits for a day, and several days later my appetite still hasn't recovered.

    I dunno if it was a norovirus, but we had something the end of November that was pretty sudden and unpleasant.

    We were in Key West, and I got it first, not too bad, then my husband, who got hit worse. He was so miserable I extended our stay an extra day, so he could rest before our drive back home, and not be too sick for the car ride.

    We don't have a doctor in Key West, so I went down to the Walgreen's drug store to consult with their pharmacist. A lot of people don't know that a licensed US pharmacist can dispense some drugs without a doctor's prescription, the "good" stuff you won't find on the shelves.

    Turns out the pharmacist had the same symptoms himself, said it was virtually epidemic in Key West at the moment. He sold me the same stuff he was taking for it. Helped my husband a great deal.

    Then we returned to Fort Lauderdale-Wilton Manors and found there was an outbreak here, too, lots of people with the same thing. Don't know if the same malady you're describing, but we had it about 6 weeks ago. I don't think it was the flu, we had our annual shots, and it didn't last too long, but it sure hit quick. A combination head and chest cold.
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    Jan 02, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
    David3K saidfuckin blood type im screwed

    Recent research has also uncovered a strong correlation with being uncircumcised and being more at risk with the Norovirus. They haven't figured out why though.
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    Jan 02, 2015 1:17 AM GMT
    Rhi_Bran saidIt's a viral gastrointestinal illness, yes, the one commonly associated with "stomach flu" (though influenza attacks the respiratory system, and can't survive the stomach).

    Radd - people with A, B, and AB blood may be at reduced risk of norovirus infection than people with O blood. Not clear on the details, but if you're not an O, that may be why.

    Blood type has nothing to do with susceptibility to any pathogen
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    Jan 02, 2015 2:35 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    David3K saidfuckin blood type im screwed

    Recent research has also uncovered a strong correlation with being uncircumcised and being more at risk with the Norovirus. They haven't figured out why though.

    yeah right lol
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    Jan 02, 2015 3:12 AM GMT
    I think I did a few months ago.I have not puked in years but I did with this bug.It was basically over in 3 days.Thanks to my FB I have become quite the germophobe.I run from sick people,am always using hand sanitizer and wash my hands a lot.I try not to touch my face too.
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    Jan 02, 2015 3:33 AM GMT
    Radd saidI'm terrible about eating left-overs long after they were prepared. I'm always shocked that I never get sick from it. I guess I have a cast iron stomach.


    People do not get the norovirus from leftovers unless they have been contaminated. The original infection comes from shellfish, fruits and vegetables that have been contaminated at their source (water or soil). People get infected when they touch/consume the contaminated food and they spread the disease to others through contact; the virus does not spread thru the air.

    The OP said he got it from his roommate. That means the OP touched something his roommate touched.
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    Jan 02, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
    WickedRyan saidI think I did a few months ago.I have not puked in years but I did with this bug.It was basically over in 3 days.Thanks to my FB I have become quite the germophobe.I run from sick people,am always using hand sanitizer and wash my hands a lot.I try not to touch my face too.


    same happened to me too, i never ever get sick but that time i was puking non stop, doctor came and gave me meds. it lasted 4 days. My guess is I got poisoned by all the christmas food or something, also many friends and co workers got the same bug at the same time (but they didnt celebrate with me) so it was something in the air (in the food?). I had that fuckin thing in mind this celebrations but nothing happened, and i havent heard of anyone having that this year either.
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    Jan 02, 2015 3:41 AM GMT
    Koastal said
    Rhi_Bran saidIt's a viral gastrointestinal illness, yes, the one commonly associated with "stomach flu" (though influenza attacks the respiratory system, and can't survive the stomach).

    Radd - people with A, B, and AB blood may be at reduced risk of norovirus infection than people with O blood. Not clear on the details, but if you're not an O, that may be why.

    Blood type has nothing to do with susceptibility to any pathogen

    First I ever heard about an alleged infection relationship with blood type.

    I'm AB+, which is kinda good, because I'm a universal receiver. I can take anybody's + blood, whether it's A, B, O, or AB. But I can only donate directly to another AB+.
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    Jan 02, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Koastal said
    Rhi_Bran saidIt's a viral gastrointestinal illness, yes, the one commonly associated with "stomach flu" (though influenza attacks the respiratory system, and can't survive the stomach).

    Radd - people with A, B, and AB blood may be at reduced risk of norovirus infection than people with O blood. Not clear on the details, but if you're not an O, that may be why.

    Blood type has nothing to do with susceptibility to any pathogen

    First I ever heard about an alleged infection relationship with blood type.

    I'm AB+, which is kinda good, because I'm a universal receiver. I can take anybody's + blood, whether it's A, B, O, or AB. But I can only donate directly to another AB+.


    ^ quite an abuser, taking taking and never giving

    PS: wtf Im completly screwed, Im O- and apparently Im the total opposite than you: I can give my blood to everyone but can ONLY receive blood from others O-
  • O5vx

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    Jan 02, 2015 7:30 AM GMT
    I have cold sore and its embarrassing
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    Jan 02, 2015 7:40 AM GMT
    I had it a couple of years ago and it was terrible. Apparently the virus survives on surfaces for years and it only takes a few of them to become infected. The only upsides are that you'll lose a little weight and it generally is gone within 24 hours.
  • Orland23

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    Jan 02, 2015 7:45 AM GMT
    Luckily, I have not gotten the Norovirus this year or ever.icon_smile.gif But some people catch the virus from roommates and I would be going to college in a week, but the residence hall is a apartment house with only 20 students, so hopefully I would luck out.

    I feel bad for the people you get it, I know it is not fun.icon_sad.gif