Veni, Vidi, Vomit

Vomiting_for_DummiesI love raw oysters. So this is distressing:

Oysters appear to be an important link in the transmission of norovirus among humans, according to new research…….Norovirus — better known as “cruise-ship flu,” “stomach flu” or “winter vomiting flu” — is one of the world’s most common causes of gastrointestinal distress.

Catchy nicknames for a condition that can have you writhing and heaving for days, and (it turns out) may be fatal to infants and adults with weak immune systems. It’s also highly infectious, especially in confined areas, sometimes taking down entire rosters of cruise ship passengers.

Curious to learn more about how it’s spread, researchers came up with an ingenious device, doubtlessly inspired by John Belushi:

Scientists at North Carolina State built a “vomiting machine” that showed tiny infectious droplets of vomit can fly through the air to infect other people, just as droplets from a sneeze do.

Delightful. So if I read this right, you don’t even need to eat an infected oyster yourself, just stand close to somebody who has as he yaks chunks.

In closing, remember that oysters are available for consumption year-round now, so you can contract “winter vomiting flu” 12 months a year. Now that’s progress.

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5 Responses to Veni, Vidi, Vomit

  1. Lois Terms says:

    Oh, yuk. Perfect breakfast reading.

  2. Travis T says:

    I discovered back in high school that it was always good policy to put distance between myself and anybody blowing chunks. This was as much to keep from getting sprayed as it was to avoid the sound and stench, which all by themselves could inspire me to join in.

  3. Jack Wagon says:

    Hey, I read that book a few years ago when a friend gave it to me for my birthday. She told me it was as close as I would ever get to self-discovery. We broke up right after that.

  4. Constance Turmohel says:

    Speaking of hurled pearls (retched segues are our bread and butter),
    if the Maudlins win their next 22 in a row,
    they’ll finish ’15 as a .500 ball club.

    • Squathole says:

      Virgin Manager Jennings actually told the Miami Hurled that third place, which the team achieved by not losing 10 straight like Atlanta, was a whole lot better than the basement. Actually, it isn’t Dan, not under the circumstances. But your saying so tells us a bit about the way you go about your business, and why the Maudlins (excellent) are the team they are. Which is why I’m uneasy at rumors that he’s under consideration for the GM position in Filthydelphia/

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