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Norovirus Outbreak Leads to California Clinic’s Quarantine

Legends Environmental Insurance Services provides insurance coverage for environmental professionals working to prevent infectious diseases.

Feb. 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Last week, the San Jose Mercury News reported that a community living center at the Martinez Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic was quarantined due to a norovirus outbreak.  The quarantine lasted for over a week at the 120-bed community living center.  Also last week, KCRG published a story about a suspected norovirus outbreak at a Buchanan County school where at one time 18% of the students were home sick.

Outbreaks like these unfortunately happen all the time across the United States.  In the United States, the CDC estimates that more than 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are due to norovirus infections each year.

Noroviruses are a group of related, single-stranded RNA, non-enveloped viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans. Norovirus is the official genus name for the group of viruses previously described as “Norwalk-like viruses” (NLV) or small round structured viruses (SRSVs) because of their morphologic features.

Fortunately, there are dedicated environmental professionals across the country that work to prevent and identify the sources of these outbreaks.  Infectious disease control professionals, and environmental consultants who specialize in infectious diseases, can help prevent, and in the case of an outbreak, minimize the damage caused.

“As few as 10 viral norovirus particles may be sufficient to infect an individual,” reported Brian Mcfarland, Vice President of Legends Environmental Insurance Services, a leading provider of insurance coverage to the environmental and infection control industries.  “Although transmission of the norovirus is often thought of as a fecal-oral route, environmental and fomite contamination may is also a likely source of infections.  Transmission, due to aerosolization of vomitus that presumably results in droplets contaminating surfaces or entering the oral mucosa and being swallowed, is also a likely route of transmission,” he continued.  

To help educate the public about ways to protect themselves from norovirus, Legends recently sponsored an online video.  The video can be seen at:

To learn more about Legends Environmental Insurance Services please visit: http://www.Legends-enviro.com, call (800) 992-6999 or email BrianM@Legends-enviro.com.

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About Legends Environmental Insurance Services, LLC
Legends Environmental Insurance Services is nationally recognized as an innovator in providing environmental and restoration insurance programs. The company has over 30 years experience providing these services in all 50 states.

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