Thursday, February 2, 2012
Nasty norovirus stomach flu...outbreak in San Francisco! Avoid food handlers!
I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy (not that I have any, dears!).
Of course, I am referring to the nasty stomach flu that is currently plaguing the West Coast in the picturesque San Francisco Bay Area.
I know from whence I speak, because I came down with the debilitating bug a couple of weeks ago, and ended up in the hospital for a few days.
This week, the stomach flu hit one of the local colleges - St. Ignatius College - hard.
At least thirty teachers were struck down with it suddenly and without warning.
"You'd walk into the bathroom and there would be three people vomiting in there," one student lamented.
Some got dizzy first, then later - on the way home - came down with a serious case of the flu which was apparently triggered by a norovirus.
"The virus can spread through the air or by touch and is pretty contagious", a spokeswoman at the San Francisco Department of Health was quick to note for the record.
Victims - like myself - suffered stomach cramps, nasty uncontrollable outbreaks of diarrhea, headaches, and dizziness (for starters).
A heavy-duty health regimen - and lethal dose of antibiotics - was required to alleviate the infection.
Locals and tourists alike are urged to avoid fast-food take-outs where handlers may pass the virus on unwittingly while on duty, steer clear of public workers and cleaning crews who may be carriers, and be ever-mindful to wash hands after relieving one's self when trotting (!) off to the restroom (which may be frequent!).
Stay posted for updates!