Monday, December 18, 2006

ANOTHER Outbreak of Food Poisoning

Remember how I wrote that food poisoning is the big story of the year in health? Well, leave it to the Olive Garden to put an exclamation point on it. In Indianapolis, at least 370 diners at the Italian food chain have reportedly fallen ill with a nasty norovirus, reports MSNBC.

While no one has died from the illness, which causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever (
according to a CNN report), twice as many people have been sickened than the spinach / E. coli outbreak in the Fall.

After
a quick trip to Wikipedia, I learned that noroviruses are transmitted via the “fecal-oral route.” And this usually occurs when food service workers don’t wash their hands. From there, the virus may get to either food or liquids. For waterborn outbreaks, the “often overlooked culprit” is ice machines, reports Wikipedia.

Does anybody recall that story from February, where a middle school kid’s science experiment found that, “70 percent of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water?” Read
the full story at ABC News, and next time you eat out, do think twice about how bad you want your beverage to be cold.

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