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Irish Shark December 18th, 2006 06:35 PM

It's Just Not Cruise Ships Folks
Norovirus blamed for Olive Garden outbreak

A contagious stomach virus is likely to blame for sickening about 370 people who ate at an Olive Garden restaurant in Indianapolis last week, a county health official said on Monday.

Stool tests of three Olive Garden employees and one customer were positive for a norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea, according to Marion County Health Department spokesman John Althardt.

CruzNut December 18th, 2006 08:35 PM

You're so right, Irish ... but the media think it makes good filler! We used to call it stomach flu - now they have a fancy name for it.

Fern December 18th, 2006 08:58 PM

I agree. Recently several larger schools in Arkansas were closed because of the "stomach flu". It made a very small "filler" in the newspaper.

If this had happened on a cruise ship it would have been on the second or third page of our paper (or even the first, if it was a "slow" news day), with pictures of the "sick" passengers disembarking!

We have a lot of small towns here with fewer residents than even the smallest mainline cruise ships. It's not news when they close the schools :( , but it would have been if it happened on a cruise ship.

I think they should put the hand wash in all schools, hospitals and stores. The grocery store I go to most often did have the hand wash available for a short time last year, but then it disappeared :( .

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