INTERESTING: Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

May 9, 5:26 PM EDT

Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag … … 

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On Sunday, team members had lunch in a hotel room, passing around the bag and eating cookies it held. On Monday, six girls got sick.

Oregon scientists determined they had picked up the norovirus from the grocery bag.

Tests turned up the virus on the sides of the bag below the polypropylene handle.

The results of the research have been published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The authors are Kimberly Repp, epidemiologist for Washington County, and William Keene, senior epidemiologist with Oregon Public Health.

Norovirus causes about 21 million illnesses, 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths a year in the United States. It caused 139 of 213 outbreaks of gastroenteritis in Oregon in 2010.

The germ can spread quickly in places like day care centers, nursing homes, and cruise ships.

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Well, we all know how “dirty” human beings are.

And, those reusable grocery sacks may be tempting.

But plastic that you toss won’t transmit a virus. Not around long enough! 

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