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December 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm #601627
It seems to me that there is a super contagious 24-hour bug sweeping through West Seattle. It doesn’t seem to be a flu, but I was wondering if anyone else had noticed.December 20, 2011 at 12:11 am #743386
This might be your bug… I caught a cold, with a bad sore throat on Day 2, and now at Day 6 it’s almost cleared up. The neighborhood kids have been running around coughing, too.December 20, 2011 at 12:26 am #743387
Yes, I had it – wasn’t pleasant. Super nauseous, TMI gross stuff and no appetite whatsoever. Lasted one day. No “cold symptoms”, just stomach ickiness.December 20, 2011 at 12:51 am #743388
My 4YO son has it, hollyplace. No fever, just a stomach bug that seems to be passing as the day wears on. Very unpleasant.December 20, 2011 at 1:36 am #743389
I had it about two weeks ago after my daughter gave it to me. Super nauseous puts it nicely. Pretty sure it’s going around everywhere as my students on the eastside have also been passing it along.December 20, 2011 at 2:17 am #743390December 20, 2011 at 3:42 am #743391
The 24 hour “flu” is really just foodborne illness. Probably not an e-coli type of bacterial infection, but even lesser types can make you pretty miserable for a short while. Instead of catching it from one-another, you probably ate at the same place, or touched an infected surface and then transmitted it to yourself. They aren’t viruses, which take much longer to eliminate from our systems.
Toxins or chemical agents will cause distress rather quickly, bacteria takes as many as a few days to incubate and make you sick.
Don’t take it lightly, people die every year in this country from even the most mundane source, and though most will probably recover just fine, a bacterial infection can be passed along to another (or many others).
IF you can trace your illness to a specific place (other than that thing you forgot in your refrigerator for a few days and thought you could still eat safely), it would be a good idea to notify the business so they can take steps to fix the problem. An ethical food-service operation will be grateful to know of any potential issues, and will probably bend over backward to retain your business, as well.
I’m a cook, you should be happy I know these facts.
Actually, most in my profession do, but I have seen too many people in the industry who don’t take it seriously at all, or are simply ignorant of proper food-handling procedures.December 20, 2011 at 4:15 am #743392
Hate to disagree dawsonct, but I am pretty sure it is a virus. I had it and blamed it on something I had eaten. 24 hours later my daughter had it. 24 hours after that, my other daughter had it. When I called them in absent to school, six children were out from their class with the same thing (6!). It is an ugly little stomach bug with not a lot of puking but tons of stomach discomfort, chills and general miserableness.December 20, 2011 at 7:00 am #743393
After traveling to see family this weekend it seems that it is a virus, because they all have it now. Tis the season I guess…December 20, 2011 at 7:18 am #743394
Yeah, that sounds like norovirus or something similar…you know, the famous one that hits cruise ships from time to time. It is SUPER contagious and leads to a miserable puke-fest and other unpleasantries as well. It is very easily food-borne, and it is possible to pass it on for several days after symptoms disappear. I once attended a birthday party where all of us got it from the cake made by an infected baker (the Health Department investigated that case). So, dawsonct and ProudWSFamily, you’re probably both right.
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, everybody!December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm #743395
Sounds like the bug that ran through where I work (downtown)for about a month and a half. Jumped from department to department, from floor to floor.December 21, 2011 at 4:45 am #743396
Watch out for Strep Throat too! I know of ATLEAST 6 people that have had it within the last 2 weeks.December 21, 2011 at 5:31 am #743397
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