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Norovirus causing nervousness at the CDC

A disturbing report came down from the CDC today; particularly if you like to eat out.      

A vital signs report finds norovirus, a miserable stomach bug, is the number one cause of illness from contaminated food in the U.S. …which affects about 20 million people ever year. 

But, here's what is most alarming.  The CDC blames most of the cases on restaurant employees.... who show up for work anyway, despite the severe gastro intestinal bug.       

So now, the CDC is recommending improvements in the food service industry, like requiring workers to practice good hand hygiene while on the job, and urging them to stay home when they're sick.      

Norovirus is a hard bug to kill; the CDC says if kitchen utensils or cutting boards are not washed properly, the virus can live on them for up to 2 weeks. And, it is so contagious that just a tiny particle of the bug can spread to a thousand people.

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