‘We’re trying to stay healthy and look good on stage and everyone’s throwing up around us’ (Probably) Norovirus spreads at Miss Nevada pageant

Faith Tanner of Fox 5 reports that health officials have been investigating a suspected norovirus outbreak at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

At the end of June, families from across the state stayed at Westgate for the Miss Nevada pageant. 

Contestants said several people got sick during and after the competition. 

“It’s terrifying, because we’re all trying to stay healthy and look good on stage and everyone’s throwing up around us,” Macie Tuell said. 

It was a week Miss Lake Tahoe, Macie Tuell, prepared all year for, to compete in Miss Nevada at the Westgate in Las Vegas. 

But Tuell and the other contestants weren’t prepared for so many people to get sick. 

“The first girl in our group that got sick, it happened Wednesday night and then each day a couple more girls got sick and a couple more got sick the day after that. I know one girl actually got sick while she was on stage and had to run off,” Tuell said. 

She said the show went on and contestants pulled through. Tuell ended up getting first runner up. It wasn’t until the end of the pageant that most contestants learned how widespread the illness was. 

“A couple of the employees were getting sick, so that’s when we stared to figure out it wasn’t just our group. Even our family members who we had not seen at that point they were getting sick.”

The Southern Nevada Health District has been investigating. 

Their information so far suggested a gastrointestinal illness. Consistent with norovirus or the stomach flu. Health officials couldn’t confirm how many people got sick. 

Officials said they’ve surveyed the Westgate’s kitchens and on July 4, the resort agreed to close the buffet for an additional health assessment. 

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher vomits twice, stays in game

Baseball is so boring I would barf too (soccer is worse, and it’s next).

Craig Counsell played 16 seasons in the big leagues and has served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ manager for the past four, but he hasn’t seen anything like this.

Brewers relief pitcher Adrian Houser vomited twice near the mound during the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 10-9 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies. Counsell checked on him after both instances, giving the pitcher a bottle of water after the first bout, but the 25-year-old hurler stayed in the game.

Earlier in the day, the Brewers promoted Houser from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The game marked his fifth appearance in the big leagues.

“For Adrian today, it was just kind of a combination of a bunch of factors,” Counsell said. “He wasn’t under the weather at all, but it was an early wake-up call, not enough food, heat, probably a little nerves from getting to the big leagues today.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler tipped his cap to the rookie.

“I have a lot of respect for anybody who would step behind the mound and throw up and step back on the mound and pitch,” Kapler said.

It’s called barfblog.com for a reason: Ireland flight passenger tells how drunk passenger vomited all over his head and laptop

A passenger on board a Ryanair flight has shared his story of a nasty booze-filled disturbance involving another customer.

Speaking to RTE Radio One’s Liveline, Conor Lyden revealed the grim details of how another passenger puked on him and his laptop – all while in mid-air.

The incident occurred on a Ryanair flight to Malaga from Cork.

A passenger, in his late 20s to early 30s, had become “heavily intoxicated” – and despite a delay before takeoff – his antics only worsened as the trip went on.

Conor went on to explain his disappointment towards the Ryanair staff in both the build and aftermath of the incident.

He said: “I was heading away on a family holiday with my parents and my brother.

“I noticed that one passenger, in particular, was heavily intoxicated.

The flight took off despite the man causing a delay with his behaviour

“This passenger tried to bring two glasses of vodka and mixer on to the plane and he was told he wasn’t allowed to bring them on by the staff at the gate but he was allowed to just knock them back there and then.

“This particular passenger was very disruptive, shouting and intimidating other passengers.

“A lot of other passengers complained. I was sitting a couple of seats in front of him at this point.

“I think a lot of people thought he was going to be kicked off the plane, he was quite drunk.”

He came stumbling up the aisle behind me and vomited all over my head and down my front and on to my open laptop

Despite receiving a warning from staff, the passenger continued to consume alcohol they had purchased prior to boarding before covering Conor in vomit.

“Ryanair staff had some baby wipes and hand sanitizer, that was all they could give me. I didn’t have a change of clothes because they take your bag off you.

“So I had to sit there for two hours like that.

“As the largest airline in Europe, Ryanair’s number one priority is the safety of our customers, crew and aircraft and has a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol and disruptive behaviour.

“Ryanair does not allow ‘intoxicated’ passengers onboard our aircraft. We operate strict guidelines for the carriage of customers who are disruptive or appear to be under the influence of alcohol.

“It’s completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences.

Uh-huh.

Hockey, facebook and years past

For all its flaws, facebook works.

I’ve apologized to my university sweet heart, I’ve unfriended a stalker, and I’ve caught up with childhood friends I never thought I would talk to again.

Yes, this is a Stand By Me moment.

When I was a pee wee AAA goalie in Brantford (that would have been about 12-years-old, in Ontario, Canada) this other kid appeared.

His name was Mike.

Mike Souliere.

(He’s bottom left, at the Leafs game in Buffalo, with what looks like his son, but how happy is the Sabres fan behind him?)

Mike was a better goalie than I was.

He’s also one of the few who still call me Boog.

I was so traumatized by reduced ice time that I calculated saves per minute for my father, who thought I had lost it.

Of course I had, I was 12.

I am reminded of such silliness when I coach.

Mike has gone on to have what seems to be a successful policing career, although I’m the one with the record.

I write this for nothing other than practice early in the morning – 6 a.m. ice times do that – and to say that facebook can be a useful tool to reach out to those in the weird and confusing times of adolescence.

Oh, and, damn you, Souliere. Damn you.

 

barfblog.com: Everybody loves food safety as long as it’s free

barfblog.com is my baby.

And it’s not every day your baby gets written up by The Washington Post.

I envision Tom Hanks and Meryl Strep arguing about when to go public about the latest foodborne illness gripping the country.

The reality is me sitting on my couch at 3 a.m. in Brisbane, cranking stuff out because I love it.

barfblog.com has become a labour of love, in that I haven’t been paid to do it since Dec. 2016. Every time I try to get out, I get pulled back in.

But I need a paycheck.

Rather than go through the Byzantine Australian system of having third-parties post jobs, and then only hiring internally to meet some union rule, I figured it’s time to throw myself out there after 3 broken ribs.

Everyone loves food safety, as long as it’s free.

I am an Australian citizen (and Canadian and American), I have a full driver’s license, and like long walks on the beach.

You want to set up a food safety/public health policy center, I’m your person.

I don’t care if it’s academic, government or labourer (anyone who thinks there is a difference is seriously into the British caste system – we’re not, me, Amy, Ben, all public school right through to PhDs).

I made the commitment with Amy to move to Brisbane in 2011, and have been a bit grumpy since 2013 when Kansas State decided I had retired my full professoring position because of poor attendance.

I’m working on a book, but making money on that is similar to me playing goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. And I love the immediacy of barfblog.com.

Erin Blakemore of The Washington Post (who did not talk with me or Chapman) writes barfblog.com is run by a group of food-safety experts who are fascinated by outbreaks, infestations and, yes, vomit.

It’s not all about the gross-out, though. Each entry brings ­evidence-based perspective to issues that are often misunderstood, such as the safety of raw-milk cheese and how norovirus spreads.

The blog updates pretty frequently, and every week or so it puts out Food Safety Talk, a wide-ranging podcast that tackles the issues of the day. The blog also offers information on big outbreaks and food recalls, and it gives helpful tips on how to avoid gastrointestinal disaster.

If you’re revolted by talk of poo and puke, you might steer away. Better to go elsewhere if you’re offended by the occasional curse word, too.

That said, there’s no more informative way to keep up to speed on the way illness can spread from farm to fork — even if you can’t stomach some of the subject matter.

That’s some high praise, and I’ll take it.

 

All About That Barf: Meghan Trainor vomits on fiancé the day after proposal then he kisses her

Music News reports Meghan Trainor vomited all over her new fiance in an unfortunate food poisoning incident the day after his romantic proposal.

It wasn’t food poisoning.

The All About That Bass singer has been dating Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara since the summer of 2016, and he popped the question on her 24th birthday on 22 December (17), transforming a garden at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Springs, California into a winter wonderland for the special moment.

The 24-year-old was quick to say yes and the pair continued their celebrations back at their hotel. However, things were less picture perfect the next day, when the pair drove home.

“It’s kind of gross,” she warned the presenters on U.S. TV show The Talk on Wednesday (31Jan18) before launching into the disgusting story. “We’re eating so much healthier nowadays, but we were at the hotel and we’re eating the hotel food and the day that we drove home I got food poisoning on the car ride.

“So, he’s driving and I’m just in his face like ‘urghl’ (throwing up), and I told him, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and he’s like, ‘I’d kiss you right now.'”

At that point, Sabara proved his fiance potential as he leaned over to his wife-to-be for a kiss. As the presenters admitted they were impressed by his bravery, Meghan laughed: “We pulled over, we had like a moment. He went for the nasty!”

Meghan previously revealed that she had fallen for Daryl two years before they started dating, after recognising him as the star of one of her favourite films, Spy Kids.

Probably: Should the toilet seat be closed before flushing?

About 30 years ago, I learned to consistently put the toilet seat down after spraying most of my urine into the bowl.

A wife, four daughters, another wife, another daughter, put the damn seat down. I get it.

With the tradies doing renos and using the loo, I had to remind the boys, house full of females, close the lid.

But should people, regardless of gender, close the seat before flushing?

I have anecdotally noticed more media references of a recommendation to close the lid before flushing, so I asked Dr. Don.

That’s Don Schaffner of Rutgers University, podcaster with Chapman, and friend of the barfblog.

(He gets paid to look up this stuff, I don’t, I’m just curious.)

Don replied within hours to say that it looks like there is some pretty good science to show this is more than a theoretical risk.

The potential spread of infection caused by aerosol contamination of surfaces after flushing a domestic toilet.

Microbial biogeography of public restroom surfaces

“On toilet surfaces, gut-associated taxa were more prevalent, suggesting fecal contamination of these surfaces.”

Potential for aerosolization of Clostridium difficile after flushing toilets: the role of toilet lids in reducing environmental contamination risk.

Chapman even chipped with a couple of papers from Chuck Gerba.

My risk-based recommendation?

Maybe.

And be careful (At home, I pee sitting down to minimize the mess, and complaints. That’s minimize, not eliminate).

Norovirus sickens 60 students at NC State; kindergarten in China

In an update to the North Carolina State University norovirus outbreak, about 60 students are experiencing symptoms.

For me it was for one night and that night it was like the apocalypse, honestly. It was, ugh, really bad,” said Astri Sundstroem, a graduate student who battled the virus this week.

Most of the affected students, including Sundstroem and senior Linda Astrom, live in the Alexander residence hall.

“It was really bad. It was very intense for like just a few hours. Everything broke out. It was crazy. Everyone was really sick,” Astrom said.

To demonstrate how infectious norovirus can be, Zhang et al. report in the current International Journal of Infectious Diseases – recommended bath time reading – that noroviruses are a common cause of acute gastroenteritis outbreaks in institutions including schools and kindergartens around the world.

An outbreak caused by GII.P16-GII.2 norovirus in a kindergarten in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China is reported here. An epidemiological investigation was conducted, and pathogen detection was performed. The descriptive analysis indicated that this outbreak in middle class 1 had a point source. Twenty cases of acute gastroenteritis occurred in this class within a period of 8.5 h; the attack rate was 52.6% (20/38). Airborne transmission via the air conditioning unit in a confined restroom could have played a critical role in this outbreak. Sequence analysis of GII-positive samples confirmed that the norovirus GII.P16-GII.2 variant was the etiological agent of this outbreak.

An acute gastroenteritis outbreak caused by GII.P16-GII.2 norovirus associated with airborne transmission via the air conditioning unit in a kindergarten in Lianyungang, China

International Journal of Infectious Diseases, December 2017, vol 65, pages 81-84,Ting-lu Zhang, Jing Lu, Liang Ying, Xiao-lu Zhu, Lian-hao Zhao, Meng-ying Zhou, Jia-long Wang, Guo-cai Chen, Lei Xu, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2017.10.003

http://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(17)30259-X/fulltext

Serial barfer busted near Toronto

Brad Hunter of the Toronto Sun writes a man with a penchant for serial puking on vehicles behind a Markham restaurant has been busted, York regional Police say.

Cops say that the vomit villain struck more than 30 times during the last four years. Customers and staff at all-you-can-eat Italian eatery, Frankie Tomatto’s on Woodbine Ave. have emerged midday to discover their cars doused with an oily liquid.

Quick-thinking management were determined to bust the bad news barfer and installed surveillance cameras in the lot at the rear of the building.

Cameras captured the man hurling all over the vehicles — always between noon and 2 p.m. Unfortunately, they could not get a clear picture of the man — or his plate.

Newer cameras were able to make out the licence plate and they passed the information and video onto cops.

Adidas’ new Oktoberfest sneakers are beer-and vomit-proof

Amateurs are drunks who vomit on other people’s shoes.

Oktoberfest, whether in Bavaria, or Kitchener, Ont. (that’s in Canada) is full of amateur drunks.

I once got invited to give a talk in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sure, it’s not Milwaukee, but the German influence was everywhere.

I was taken to dinner at some ordinary looking pub, but out back was an entire room devoted to beef-eating and polka music.

It was awesome.

And it wasn’t Oktoberfest, so it was enjoyable.

However, for those looking to gear up for Oktoberfest, because you can’t get enough of drinking warm beer in a concrete hockey arena (the Kitchener version), Adidas has you covered.

The Bavarian-based company is celebrating Oktoberfest in style this year, bringing back its classic lifestyle model, the Adidas Munchen, but with a couple of slight alterations for a much sloppier audience.

Presenting the Adidas Originals Munchen Oktoberfest.

Aesthetically, the brown-and-gold Munchen Oktoberfest are apparently inspired by traditional Bavarian calfskin pants, featuring rich embroidery to match your lederhosen and an inner lining with a red-and-white micro-check tablecloth pattern, which evokes that special alpine sense. Pragmatically, they’re made from fine leather with “DBPR” coating, which, according to Adidas, makes the trainers durably beer- and puke-resistant (thus the DBPR).