If you haven’t heard or experienced it recently, there is a very generous bug going around which loves to visit your stomach and those around you. He paid a less than welcome visit to my naive, happy, unaware stomach. I noticed that something was not right while I was training the bootcampers. (which reminds me, the name is changing from WAG-Woman Against Gain, to something which is up for debate that includes men, as our ratio has changed. If your suggestion is accepted as the new name, you get 1 free bootcamp session 🙂 Moving on, this “not right” feeling progressed to not being able to eat and feeling rather unwell.
The bug attacked! Now generally a bug affects you in one of 2 ways……out the top, out the bottom, or double delight where you experience a combo of top AND bottom! My experience was out the top, so…… The first time I woke from a not so deep sleep, I had only just enough energy to find the bathroom and plant myself on the floor in front of the throne. I thrusted the wooden toilet seat up to reveal the mini well that collects all things nice, but someone had conveniently placed a magazine on the pinnacle of the porcelain water reservoir, which did not allow the seat to open to it’s extremely necessary full range of motion. I had already leant forward to prepare for the optimal position for trajectory, only to have the seat give a practical example of newtons law……..yes I got hit in the face with a toilet seat. This has led me to research a little bit about tummy bugs…
Please note, I did not study medicine, this is BASIC INFORMATION I have found which you might find interesting.
Lets start with a fun fact, “Emetophobia” is the fear of getting sick, and it is the FIFTH most common fear!!
The correct name for a “stomach bug” is gastroenteritis, and noroviruses are part of a group of viruses that are a common cause of gastroenteritis.
Noroviruses are sometimes known as ‘small round structured viruses’ (SRSV) or ‘Norwalk-like viruses’. Noroviruses are also called the ‘winter vomiting disease’ because people usually get them during the winter months. HOWEVER, they can occur at any time of the year.
Noroviruses are transmitted directly from person to person and indirectly via contaminated water and food. They are highly contagious, with as few as one to ten virus particles being able to cause infection. Transmission occurs through ingesting contaminated food and water and by person-to-person spread. Transmission through fecal-oral can be aerosolized when those stricken with the illness vomit and can be aerosolized by a toilet flush when vomit or diarrhea is present (SO SHUT THAT TOILET LID!); infection can follow eating food or breathing air near an episode of vomiting, even if cleaned up. The viruses continue to be shed after symptoms have subsided and shedding can still be detected many weeks after infection.
There are many types of norovirus, and it is possible for infection to occur several times. This is because after contracting the illness, immunity to the virus only lasts for 14 weeks. Having recurring bouts of the norovirus may provide some protection from future infection.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children!
By the age of five, nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once. However, with each infection, immunity develops, and subsequent infections are less severe
One of the most important treatments for a child is being hydrated and even making a salt and sugar-water solution. If it persists, the child will have to go on a drip and be admitted into hospital.
Rotavirus is transmitted by the faecal-oral route, via contact with contaminated hands, surfaces and objects, and possibly by the respiratory route. The faeces of an infected person can contain more than 10 trillion infectious particles per gram (how gross is that?); only 10–100 of these are required to transmit infection to another person (how insane is that?!).
Also have a look at Escherichia Coli (e coli), it causes severe diarrhea containing blood.
So until next time, when I will post something more in my field of expertise, the take away message of this blog would have to be: Close the toilet seat when you flush
Wikipedia references: please note, there were more references used, you may visit the site if you wish to find them.
1.^ Dennehy PH (2000). “Transmission of rotavirus and other enteric pathogens in the home”.
2.^ Velázquez FR, Matson DO, Calva JJ, Guerrero L, Morrow AL, Carter-Campbell S, Glass RI, Estes MK, Pickering LK, Ruiz-Palacios GM (1996). “Rotavirus infections in infants as protection against subsequent infections”.
3.^ Linhares AC, Gabbay YB, Mascarenhas JD, Freitas RB, Flewett TH, Beards GM (1988). “Epidemiology of rotavirus subgroups and serotypes in Belem, Brazil: a three-year study”.