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The vomit machine.
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August 19, 2015 To investigate whether norovirus particles might form an infectious aerosol spray when a sick person vomits, researchers built a simulator that uses Jell-O instant pudding in explosive experiments.
The CDC says the food service industry could prevent transmission of norovirus by enforcing hand-washing.
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June 3, 2014 Cruise ships account for only 1 percent of reported norovirus cases, while 25 percent come from contaminated food. Sick workers at restaurants and cafeterias often spread the virus.
Mohonk Mountain House, a resort 90 miles north of New York City, is closed while crews sanitize the facilities after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness.
February 7, 2014 The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y., closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. Norovirus appears to be the culprit.
The New York skyline is seen in a distance as Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas enters New York harbor on Wednesday after a massive ship-borne outbreak.
January 30, 2014 Nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill aboard the MS Explorer of the Seas — more people than any other cruise ship monitored by the CDC in the past two decades.
This cluster contains enough norovirus particles to make you sick.
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January 25, 2013 More than half of norovirus outbreaks reported during the last four months of 2012 in the U.S. were caused by a strain first identified in Australia. Restaurants and long-term care facilities have been hit hardest.
People line up at a Duane Reade pharmacy in New York behind a sign announcing the recent flu outbreak.
January 17, 2013 Influenza is especially intense this year, and people are flooding into hospitals and doctors' offices. But the flu is just one of a triple whammy of respiratory viruses — plus the nasty norovirus — that are making lots of people sick.
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Vomiting Larry doing what he does best.
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January 4, 2013 Developed by British researchers, Larry the robot has helped scientists see that a little vomit can go a long way. He vomits on command. And his barf can be tagged with fluorescent dye that makes it easy for scientists to track.
An electron micrograph of human norovirus.
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May 9, 2012 Norovirus particles can fly through the air, land on things like plastic bags and survive there for weeks, according to an investigation of a stomach flu outbreak in Oregon. The researchers say this proves you don't have to have direct contact with someone to get sick.
December 8, 2011 A test of a nasal vaccine against norovirus suggests it may be possible to immunize people against the virus, a common cause of foodborne illness.
Locker rooms and clubhouses should be disinfected regularly with a solution such as bleach that's effective against the stubborn norovirus, researchers say.
October 31, 2011 A study of basketball players who caught the contagious norovirus in the locker room provides a play-by-play of how it spread. The bug is the second-most common reason players miss a game.
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