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Old June 4th, 2014, 01:32 PM
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For those who thought that norovirus is only contracted on cruise ships or for those who don't want to cruise because they think nororvirus is a major problem on cruise ships, this story puts it all into perspective;

Restaurants most common source of foodborne norovirus outbreaks | Fox News

I especially thought it was interesting that only 1 percent of those who contract norovirus get it on a cruise ship. Amazing how the only time it ever makes headlines is when it's on a ship!

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And no shock here, the CNN website report I read about this story had scrubbed all mentions of cruises only being 1 percent, lest they show cruises in a positive light.
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I once saw a report where they went into restaurants and took samples of various areas for bacteria. Everyone thinks toilet seats are a breeding ground and have a certain aversion to them, but they actually prove to be one of the cleanest places in the restaurant.

The places were they had the most bacteria?

Menus!!

Think about it - when was the last time you ever saw anyone clean a menu?

The second area with the most bacteria?

The underside of chairs where you grab them after sitting down to help move the chair closer to the table.

Of course, immediately after bellying up to the table and reading the menu, the first thing we do is grab the bread or the chips & salsa with those dirty little fingers!

So the moral of the story is after ordering, wipe your hands with disinfectant or wash them in the restroom, but don't touch your chair afterwards!

In other words, wear surgical gloves until you're ready to eat!! (Strange thing is, I've actually seen someone do this!)

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I worked with a man who was a retired Air Force industrial hygienist, and they would do inspections in the mess halls, galleys, base clubs, PX, etc., looking at sanitary conditions. I remember him telling us about the things they'd find in their sample swabs and so forth.

My career is in radiation protection and radioactive contamination control, so I have a heightened sense about this type of thing. The chairs in the dining rooms, menus, the other things, I constantly think about them when I'm in those situations. I can't watch a bartender for too long at a busy place like a pool bar. Just sit there and observe their hands during a peak period with dozens of people clamoring for drinks or holding their soda mugs out. You'll see hands going from glass to glass, to the blender, into the beer cooler, picking up used glasses and cans, and not once will you see them wash those hands - until maybe the rush is over but by then the 'contamination' if any has been spread exponentially.

I guess it's a good thing that building up immunity requires exposure to low levels of bad things.
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