Norovirus outbreak tied to reusable grocery bags

May 10, 2012 drdarria 0 Comments

Ewww… we know that reusable grocery bags are better for the environment, but they may be carrying more than just your food–so CLEAN BETWEEN USES!

Reusable grocery bag the culprit

Epidemiologists have linked a prior norovirus outbreak among a young soccer team to a reusable grocery bag–highlighting how easily the virus can spread.  Norovirus is the EXTREMELY contagious virus that causes vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea, and has caused outbreaks everywhere from elementary schools to cruise ships.  (For more details, see my prior post earlier this year during our seasonal outbreak:  “Have  You Gotten This Season’s Stomach Flu Yet?”)

We already knew that the virus is very hardy–it can live for days on surfaces (doorknobs, stairway railings, sinks).  But this highlights another source–those bags in which we carry our food weekly.  Do you ever clean your bags between shopping trips? You know, the bag that last week was used for raw meats and this week may have been used for your fresh fruit?

If not, then it’s time to start!

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