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Norovirus confirmed as cause of Marin outdoor school illness

Original post made on Feb 9, 2011

After reports of [Web Link over 30 local students falling ill at Walker Creek Ranch], the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services had confirmed the cause.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 11:32 AM

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Posted by doubting mom
a resident of Tassajara Hills Elementary School
on Feb 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

Hmmmm, I find this very suspicious as there were possitive test results done by two local hospitals on three sickened Walker Creek participants showing the cause was Staphylococcus aureus, a form of food poisoning. The hospitals confirmed it was not norovirus. In addition, the onset of illness was extremely sudden, as if everyone became ill literally at the same time, within an hour or two after eating dinner. I have yet to see a virus spread to everyone at one time,instantly, but I will leave you all to draw your own conclusions!


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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

Tests done by Marin County vs two different hospitals? Sounds like Marin County/Walker Creek have something to hide. I wonder if any test were done on the food served? This would be standard procedure for a suspected restaurant.
Very interesting.....


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

It's not so difficult to understand...why are you being so kind and polite. It's a cover-up...standard M.O. procedures when you are hiding something. And the doubting Mom has it right...if it happen right after dinner...it doesn't take a brain surgeon to fill in the blanks. I hope the parents move on it and get answers.

Thanks for Listening...Julia from Alamo


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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

Don't know where doubting mom got her info.... read the following links- sounds like Norovirus would be the more likely the culprit, which could have been passed via food, close contact, surfaces... Unless of course they all got sick BEFORE being there 24 hours (the incubation period). (Staphyloccus aureus is NOT food poisoning according to wikipedia) Bottom line, seems like everyone is making way too big a deal out of this. I get the "stomach flu" (NoroVirus) every couple of years or so- (along with many of those I've had contact with). Seems like we can spend way too much time/money trying to analyze something pretty benign and pointless.... Really, trying to analyze all the food that was served?? Seems like there are MUCH more important things going on in the world! :)

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Posted by spread love, not germs
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

louise...so the rest of us have to suffer because you think something as debilitating and horrible as the stomach flu is 'benign and pointless'? it must be people like you who don't care about spreading stomach bugs and make the lives of everyone you come in contact with (who catch the virus from you) miserable. there are certainly more horrible diseases to catch and 'more important things going on in the world' but during that day or two of constant, miserable retching (while attempting to care for children or other family members suffering from the same thing and obsessive hygiene and disinfecting to attempt to contain this highly-contagious virus), you're drained from too much pain and misery to care.


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Posted by spread love, not germs
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

and louise...what are you talking about???

"Toxic shock syndrome and S. aureus food poisoning

Some strains of S. aureus also produce an enterotoxin that is the causative agent of S. aureus gastroenteritis. The gastroenteritis is self-limiting, with the person recovering in 8–24 hours. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and major abdominal pain."

the wikipedia link you provided CLEARLY states that staphyloccus aureus causes food poisoning. gastroenteritis and food poisoning are (usually) one and the same.


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Posted by You know who
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Don't ever quote Wikipedia. It's not a valid source.


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