@1covey"The article implies that some fruits or vegetables may
have been the culprit."Not possible. Everyone knows they
don't serve fruits or vegetables at ward parties.
Norovirus spreads fast and furiously, and normal hygiene measures won't do
much to contain it. Remember the stories about how cruise ships are great
breeding grounds for this unwelcome virus invader? The best thing to do is take
good care of the victims in their own homes. This illness often continues to
spread after those afflicted appear to be fine. Generally it is useless to place
the blame on "stores" or foods when it is actual humans unknowingly
passing it on. I try to avoid it like a swarm of wasps, but it isn't always
@Furry1993 - They are trying do determine the source of the outbreak, and they
don't know if it was from a store (any store) or a person's home.
Viruses like this can be transmitted by infected people who spread them to food
during different stages of food preparation.
@Furry1993 I was an infection control officer for a hospital for several years.
From the context of the article, it would appear that the term "the
store", is generic, meaning there were a mixture of both home made foods,
and foods that were purchased retail at any store. I doubt any particular
business was being singled out in the statement. At least I hope there
wasn't, and this was just an unfortunate event. There would be other
enclaves of the infection, and not just the ward boundries as the article
implies. I tend to believe that, instead of being food borne, this illness was
contact related, such as a couter top, or someone infected, setting up tables
etc. That being the case, it will be much easier to isolate this from spreading
"The store" is more likely a generalized designation of where the food
came from vs being made at a home..not a particular store. Group potluck
parties would be really hard to monitor.
The article implies that some fruits or vegetables may have been the culprit.
Don't assume the store has washed them sufficiently. Beware of using real
mayo instead of non-egg salad dressing in warm to hot environments; the egg in
mayo can go bad. In a picnic setting hand cleanliness may be overlooked; have a
way to clean hands before eating. Servers / food handlers should wear gloves.
A gathering celebrating a Ward boundary change?Don't remember
reading anything about "Ward Boundary Change Celebrations" in the
handbook.Was this a church organized event or some random members
I'm sure it was meant .... generally.
"We've been interviewing people ... to try to determine if there was a
particular food involved," said Brian Bennion, director of the Weber-Morgan
Health Department. "There were foods that were bought at the store, and then
foods that were prepared at home. We're trying to work through
that."What store is that? I'm sure it is patronized by
people who didn't go to the party in question. These additional people
need to know if they might be at risk from shopping at "the store".