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Old 03-09-2013, 12:43 PM   #31
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What is a recommended product then, please?
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:46 PM   #32
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Thanks! What a great idea!
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #33
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I was there from 2/26 through yesterday, and I wasn't sick there, and haven't been sick since I got home.

A recommended product to use is Wet Ones. The Benzethonium Chloride (not sure about spelling) in them does kill the norovirus. I haven't been sick at Disney since I started carrying the individually packaged towelettes and using them every single time I'm going to eat or drink anything. I don't worry about what I touch during the day, because I'm keeping my hands away from my face. But you have to be consistent - all it takes is one time you forget and the germs have got you! I was there in the horrific norovirus outbreak in December a few years back and even with people literally getting sick all around me at the resorts and the parks, I stayed healthy.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #34
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Make sure you are using the correct wipes and cleaning agents if you bring your own along. Alcohol won't kill Norovirus.
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Denned has it right: Lysol is better than alcohol-based wipes. It has a quaternary ammonia-based cleaning product. Bleach is better than that but most "Clorox wipes" actually have quats in them unless they say "with bleach". Norovirus is killed by heat so running the pillows through the dryer should work if you can get them hot enough for long enough. For hands, soap and water is your best protection against norovirus but alcohol-based hand gel is great for preventing colds and flu.
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We Lysol'd EVERYTHING the second we got into the room and did it every single day we returned from the park. We washed our hands frequently and then sanitized afterwards for good measure.
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No need for sarcasm. Read the labels. Posters had already recommended the appropriate products to use. Other brands with the same ingredients (listed on the labels) would also work.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #35
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So sorry you got sick. Just got back after being there 3/1 - 3/8 and felt ok all week.
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No need for sarcasm. Read the labels. Posters had already recommended the appropriate products to use. Other brands with the same ingredients (listed on the labels) would also work.
Have you ever looked at the labels? Most say kills 99% of viruses and bacteria. They likely don't say 99% but not Norovirus. Telling somebody to read the label is just not helpful at all.
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It is that time of year, after all. A lot of stomach bugs going around. Considering the amount of things thousands of people touch a day and then stick their hands in their mouths, this doesn't really shock me. After holding railings waiting in line, the interactive queues, the handle bars on the rides. Disney is infested with germs. I would imagine it is one of the easiest places to contract something.

Hand sanitizer only works so much. It's important to continuously wash your hands with soap and hot water.
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My friend and I were at MK last Saturday (she was working, I was playing) and we both got tonsil/throat infections. We figured there was something going around the park.
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Have you ever looked at the labels? Most say kills 99% of viruses and bacteria. They likely don't say 99% but not Norovirus. Telling somebody to read the label is just not helpful at all.
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What is a recommended product then, please?
Bleach is the only thing that kills noro. I got noro back in january here in ny. I had to go to the hospital because I was 5 weeks pregnant and I thought I was dying. It was the most horrible experience of my life! I was so scared to get it again in disney (2/21-2/28) but we did lysol the room and were careful with hand washing. Lysol doesnt kill noro but it's better than nothing. All was well.


OP so sorry you are all sick. I hope it passes soon. It takes a full 3 days for it to run its course for some.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:58 AM   #41
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My DS was sick Thursday night with what I think was Norovirus. Well, guess what I got at about 6:00pm last night? OMG - I haven't been that sick since I can't even remember. I felt like I was knocking on death's door. Feel better this AM, but for those that have had this at Disney - my sympathies. I can't imagine dealing with that in a hotel room.

I will definitely be bringing LOTS of anti-bacterial stuff along when we leave in 11 days! Does anyone know if we can get it again? Are there different strains of Norovirus?
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I will definitely be bringing LOTS of anti-bacterial stuff along when we leave in 11 days! Does anyone know if we can get it again? Are there different strains of Norovirus?
There are different strains. As I understand it, Norovirus is always more prevalent during the winter months (not sure exactly why that is the case), but there have been reports that a new strain made its way from Australia to the U.S. late last year. That is why the outbreak has been worse than usual this winter--more people who aren't immune to that strain means more people getting sick. Aside from that, I think the virus tends to mutate over time and people lose immunity they'd built up. I've seen it compared to rhinovirus in that sense.

I wish they'd develop a vaccine!

Edited to add that when I was reading about that new strain I also saw a couple of suggested preventive measures I'd never heard of . . . one was drinking something like 3 cups of grape juice per day (!)--no thanks on all that sugar--but the idea was that it makes your stomach more acidic and less hospitable to viruses (probably just wishful thinking). Then someone else suggested doing that just if you thought you'd been exposed--but if you got sick after drinking 3 cups of grape juice . . . wow . . . again, no thanks!

Another suggestion I saw was green tea--something about the phenols making your stomach more acidic, so same general concept as the grape juice. Interestingly, for years I seemed to be the member of my family most susceptible to stomach viruses, but since I started drinking a lot of green tea I really haven't been sick. I did have something early this winter, but it was very mild by comparison. Totally anecdotal, of course, and maybe I just built up immunity by being sick more often over the course of a few years, or maybe it's just the luck of the draw, but I suppose the tea could have had something to do with it. Doesn't matter really since I'm drinking it anyway! I'm skeptical; in fact, I hesitate to even pass this along, but I thought the green tea connection was interesting.

I've also wondered if probiotics might help simply by making your digestive system healthier, but I haven't seen any research on that either.
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My DS was sick Thursday night with what I think was Norovirus. Well, guess what I got at about 6:00pm last night? OMG - I haven't been that sick since I can't even remember. I felt like I was knocking on death's door. Feel better this AM, but for those that have had this at Disney - my sympathies. I can't imagine dealing with that in a hotel room.

I will definitely be bringing LOTS of anti-bacterial stuff along when we leave in 11 days! Does anyone know if we can get it again? Are there different strains of Norovirus?
I haven't been keeping tabs on it but I feel like the news headline 'new strand of Noro found' was something I saw over the winter. I'm pretty sure there are a few different strands floating around I hope I'm wrong.
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I've gotta say that I really think it's luck too. We have been to Disney 4 times in the last 3 years and never had 1 person so much as sneeze. And (really don't judge - lol) - we aren't big hand washers. We don't bring any wipes or sanitizer etc. Sounds gross to lots of you I'm sure, but we are that way at home too. Wash after using the restroom and that's about it. My kids aren't huge "mouthers" though - never were. (by that I mean, don't put things or hands in their mouths) So I don't know if we've just been lucky or if we are just healthy from all of the good bacteria we must have from never washing our hands... lol
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:07 PM   #45
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It seems to me that any of these viruses could be picked up anywhere in the "chain" of travel.

1. departing airport
2. plane
3. arrival airport
3. DME (or rental car)
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5. Parks
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When you think of ALL the people you encounter in each step, why always blame Disney?
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