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Monday, October 16, 2006

Take Time And Find

Hello there bloggeronies how the hell are ya? Well last Friday night me and the coolest grooviest friend the world has ever produced went to go see Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning at the Empire in New Minas. I actually liked it better than the 2003 remake, it amped up the red stuff, more victims and it was neat to see how Leatherface came to be, well there was a nasty part near the beginning which has to do with that very subject. ick... There was a trailer for another gorror flick ..well another remake/sequel entitled Night of the Living Dead 3-D..looks bad, but i have to see just for the cheese factor! Love how the webpage says George A Romero is not affiliated in any wasy with this new film...at least they are honest eh? What else is a happening? Well the hockey Axemen lost two straight on their first roadtrip of the year but the Football Axemen trounced STFX 23-1 on Saturday at Raymond Field. Of Course i was working at the store formerly known as Andrew's, so sadly i could not be there. However this coming Saturday night the hockey Axemen are playing STFX at 7:30 and i am 99% sure i am going to be there. I will take my nephew if he remembers this time. Oh what to do eh? Sometime i am going to recieve an answer about Japan and i will have made my mind up to go. The offer from Fort Kent is nice and all. I dunno sometimes. Am i happy? Yes i am for the most part..sure there are certain things that make me wanna freak the hell out sometimes, but for the most part i am good...i think. I have someone i really care about and it makes me wanna stay, even though i know i have to go. I have family here and all of that good and wonderful stuff...but i have to start my career, even if it means going zillions and zillions of miles away. I am sure that there are those people who do not mind at all that i am leaving..but they can all go fuck themselves....OOOOPS!!!! Robert Reid Hawley and that language!
Hey...beware of the Bollywood BEATLES!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Well Sunday shopping has hit the Valley and suprise suprise there are those who still do not know about it! Man it is only a buck, but picking up the newspaper is not really all that difficult..jeesh...and no the frickin Enquier does not count. So what about that Norwalk-type virus that hit Mount Allison over the weekend? Man that was crazy, led to the game between MTA and SMU being cancelled and having to be re-scheduled over the next few weeks, if they cannot reschedule, i say let all four teams in the playoffs and take it from there.

1) What exactly is a Norwalk-type virus? Norwalk virus infection is an intestinal illness that often occurs in outbreaks.

2) What is the infectious agent that causes Norwalk virus infection? Norwalk virus infection is caused by the Norwalk virus. The virus was first identified in 1972 after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in Norwalk, Ohio. Later, other viruses with similar features were described and called Norwalk-like viruses. These have since been classified as members of the calicivirus family.

3) Where is Norwalk virus found? Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses are found worldwide. Humans are the only known hosts. The viruses are passed in the stool of infected persons.

4) How do people get Norwalk virus infection? People get Norwalk virus infection by swallowing food or water that has been contaminated with stool from an infected person. Outbreaks in the United States are often linked to eating raw shellfish, especially oysters and clams. Shellfish become contaminated via stool from sick food handlers or from raw sewage dumped overboard by recreational and/or commercial boaters. Contaminated water, ice, eggs, salad ingredients, and ready-to-eat foods are other sources of infection.

5) Who is at risk for Norwalk virus infection? Anyone can get Norwalk virus infection, but it may be more common in adults and older children.

6) What are the signs and symptoms of Norwalk virus infection?
-Nausea
-Vomiting
-Diarrhea
-Stomach cramps
Severe illness or hospitalization is uncommon. Infected persons usually recover in 2 to 3 days without serious or long-term health effects.

7) How soon after exposure do symptoms appear? Symptoms usually appear in 1 to 2 days after swallowing contaminated food or water.

8) How is Norwalk virus infection diagnosed? Laboratory diagnosis is difficult. Diagnosis is often based on the combination of symptoms and the short time of illness.

9) What is the treatment for Norwalk virus infection?
No specific treatment is available. Persons who are severely dehydrated might need rehydration therapy.

10) How common is Norwalk virus infection? Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses are increasingly being recognized as leading causes of foodborne disease in the United States. However, since no routine diagnostic test is available, the true prevalence is not known. Norwalk and Norwalk-like viruses have been linked to outbreaks of intestinal illness on cruise ships and in communities, camps, schools, institutions, and families. Many oyster-related outbreaks of intestinal illness linked to Norwalk-like viruses have been reported in Louisiana, Florida, Maryland, and other states where oyster harvesting is common. In 1993, 73 people in Louisiana and about 130 others in the United States who ate oysters from Louisiana became ill. A malfunctioning sewage system was the cause of an outbreak in 1996. An outbreak in 1997 was linked to sewage from oyster-harvesting boats.

11) How can Norwalk virus be prevented?
- Wash hands with soap and warm water after toilet visits and before preparing or eating food.
- Cook all shellfish thoroughly before eating.
- Wash raw vegetables before eating.
- Dispose of sewage in a sanitary manner.
- Food handlers with symptoms of Norwalk-like illness should not prepare or touch food.

There! Thought that would help out some. Anywho i am going to go relax and then work at 6 in the metropolis of downtown Middleton..have a good one!

Pssssssssst- Buzzcocks: Everybody's Happy Nowadays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Ley! said...

Chris should be reading your blog. He asked me last night what the Norwalk-type virus was, and I had to explain it to him. And poorly, at that.

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