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Virus and bioinformatics articles with some microbiology and immunology thrown in for good measure
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Can we prevent norovirus infections?

Can we prevent norovirus infections? | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
In a new PLOS Collection – The Global Burden of Norovirus & Prospects for Vaccine Development – global norovirus experts fill critical knowledge gaps and provide key information to further development of a much-needed vaccine:
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Mystery sapovirus strikes nursing homes, new tests reveal

Mystery sapovirus strikes nursing homes, new tests reveal | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
For sheer misery, few germs can cause the chaos of norovirus in a nursing home.  The gut bug can spread rapidly through food, on surfaces or person-to-person, afflicting victims with violent diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.
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Barfipelago: Using Twitter to Fight Virus Outbreak

Barfipelago: Using Twitter to Fight Virus Outbreak | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it

Norovirus can spread among people very, very fast. But not as fast as Twitter. When an outbreak hit the annual Archipelago journalism conference in Victoria, British Columbia in January, attendees and organizers alike used Twitter as their primary means for staying on top of the situation.

 

Via @CJernberg


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The Norovirus: A Study in Puked Perfection – Phenomena: The Loom

The Norovirus: A Study in Puked Perfection – Phenomena: The Loom | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it
Nicolas Palopoli's insight:

"(The Guardian) report that an outbreak of norovirus in Britain this winter has struck more than 1.1 million people with vomiting and diarrhea.

That’s right: 1.1 million. In Britain alone.

What is this fearsome bug, you may be asking, and why isn’t it the subject of a Hollywood horror movie?"

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A norovirus outbreak triggered by copper intoxication

A norovirus outbreak triggered by copper intoxication | Virology and Bioinformatics from Virology.ca | Scoop.it

We report an unusual outbreak of norovirus infection on a coach trip. Overall, 30 of 40 people (including drivers and crew) developed nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, 11 of them on the first day of the trip. The incidence epidemic curve showed a first peak on Day 1 and a second on Day 4. Nine passengers were hospitalised with gastrointestinal symptoms. Norovirus was found in stool samples from two patients, but the infection could not explain the first peak in the epidemic curve only a few hours after departure. Interviews with the passengers and an inspection of the coach and its water supply implicated the water used for coffee and tea as the potential source. Microbiological investigations of the water were negative, but chemical analysis showed a toxic concentration of copper. Blood copper levels as well as renal and liver function were determined in 28 of the 32 passengers who had been exposed to the water. One passenger who did not have gastrointestinal symptoms had an elevated copper level of 25.9 µmol/L, without loss of liver or renal function. It is likely that the spread of norovirus was enhanced because of vomiting of one of the passengers due to copper intoxication.


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