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Winter is here -- and so is norovirus, the illness that can quickly spread among groups of people, shutting down schools and sending cruise ship passengers into quarantine. With the recent news of norovirus outbreaks in the GTA, it's important to understand how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself against contracting the illness. We spoke with our expert Dr. Andrew Simor, head, department of microbiology and infectious diseases consultant at Sunnybrook, to learn more.
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There may be a new way to develop these vaccines safely. Last week, an international team of researchers unveiled new means to make vaccine candidates from proteins. Instead of trying to modify or clone the proteins, these researchers have come up with an entirely new concept: they use bacterial superglue.
Over 250 of 915 passengers on the Balmoral had reported being ill as of late Monday.
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The recent news of yet another American case of Ebola in Dallas is without a doubt concerning. To stop Ebola, whether in a Dallas hospital or the affected countries in West Africa, what is needed is not only compliance, but also commitment.
The complaints of a cold, the dread of diarrhea, and vexation of vomiting are all part of a child's growing up process. But one of the keys to a happy school year is to have these unfortunate events happen as infrequently as possible. For that, kids have to be hygienic and stay that way.
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VICTORIA - Complaints from swimmers of vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea have prompted Vancouver Island health officials to investigate the water quality at a popular lake. UPDATE June 10, 2014:...
DELTA, B.C. - More than 300 students and staff at the Delta Secondary School in Delta, B.C., have what's believed to be norovirus.The Fraser Health Authority issued a warning to staff, students, and p...
BAYONNE, N.J. - Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port Wednesday from a Caribbean trip cut short by...
An outbreak of norovirus — also known as the Norwalk virus — at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver has health officials warning potential visitors to stay away. Providence Health Care says seven p...
There will never be a time when we are not at risk from one of the long list of microbial threats. However, we are learning how to work with good germs, such as Lactobacillus, Bdellovibrio, and Micavibrio, as allies in the fight. These small defenders deserve our attention and respect.
Of all the places to which sun seekers migrate, none is as popular as the beach or swimming pool. For many, there is nothing quite like becoming one with the water. Unfortunately, the escape comes with its own challenges, namely that of infections.
It's been known for some time that germs can be found in the atmosphere and they have made clouds a happy home. But more important than how they survive is the question of which germs are surviving and whether they pose a threat to our health.
SASKATOON - A combination of demand and outbreaks of norovirus has created overcrowding problems at Saskatoon's Royal University and St. Paul's hospitals.The health region says it has opening temporar...
The 2012-2013 influenza virus season has shocked North America with its early start and high numbers of both cases as well as deaths. Yet the surge of concern and panic is somewhat unwarranted, especially considering the world knew almost eight months ago that this was coming.
The norovirus infection is short, lasting only 48 to 72 hours but during that time, one might believe they have been put into one of Ridley Scott's Alien movies. But there are thankfully a few ways to thwart this perfect villain.
With violent strains of the flu sweeping across North America and lesser coughs and colds making their rounds of offices, Canadians have discovered another illness to worry about: Norovirus. The virus...
VANCOUVER - Outbreaks of the norovirus have people around B.C. retching, and there's no sign that the spread of the nasty virus will slow down this winter.Health officials say people are getting sick...
VANCOUVER - Several small outbreaks of the norovirus in Vancouver area hospitals have nearly run their course, but a new strain of the highly contagious virus has led to a spike in the number of overa...
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An outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus forced the quarantine of three wards at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. The outbreak began on Dec. 28 and has hit 12 patients and...
The holiday party is a tradition of the season. Thanks to germs, however, some of those memories may be less than pleasant. Infections are best spread in a crowd and the presence of a single person can lead to spread to some or all of the people in attendance. There are however, a few ways to minimize the chances for acquiring an infection and most are fairly easy to follow.
Natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, are common worldwide and leave the affected public vulnerable to the harsh realities of nature, including the onslaught of infectious diseases. The reality of any disaster of this magnitude is that public health measures are all but forgotten as people do everything they can to survive. The viruses will surely arrive before the area has recovered.
There has been one more bombshell occurring in London -- though it hasn't quiet made the same kind of headlines as Ye Shiwen . In contrast to all the prognostication of infectious diseases outbreaks and epidemics that could potentially lead to a pandemic, including my own, the reality is that germs have played almost no role at the Games.
SASKATOON - A northern Saskatchewan mine is dealing with an outbreak of norovirus.At least three workers at Cameco's Cigar Lake mine are confirmed to have the virus and another 100 workers are showing...