700 People Fall Ill from Norovirus on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

shipUh oh. Another cruise line suffers from norovirus outbreak. Only last year, Carnival Cruise lines were in the hot seat after 300 of their passengers fell ill with the norovirus. This year it looks like Royal Caribbean Cruise lines will take a turn of the negative publicity. In January, an estimated 700 out of 3,050 passengers and crew fell ill with the norovirus on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas ship. This is one of the worst Cruise ship outbreaks cases reported in over two decades. How could some many people become ill in just a matter of days? Continue reading

5 Steps To Be Safe In a Hospital

hospitalHow likely is for someone to become infected with a hospital acquired infection (HAI)? What about healthcare acquired infection statistics? Estimates show there is between a 7% to 10% chance.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), out of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI.  It is quite disconcerting to know that the very establishments designed to cure people could in fact infect someone with deadly bacterial infections.  How does this happen?

The problem with hospitals and other health care associated facilities is these buildings are crawling with contagious germs.  Continue reading

Canadian Woman Dies of Bird Flu Virus

brd fluIs the bird flu virus spreading to North America?  On January 3rd, the first North American victim of bird flu died in Alberta, Canada.  The young female, reported as a woman in her late 20’s, contracted the bird flu virus while vacationing in Beijing, China. On her return visit home, she fell ill on board the plane with flu like symptoms and only a few days later died from the mystery illness.

Health officials of both Canada and China are working closely to find out how this woman came into contact with the H5N1 bird flu virus.  The incident has officials on high alert but thus far the case seems to be an isolated one.  The victim allegedly only stayed within the city of Beijing and did not visit any rural farm areas.  Her two travel companions and family are being closely monitored to make sure the disease is not contagious.  Continue reading