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Reusable bags can carry Norovirus

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Outbreaks of Norovirus seem to usually take place aboard cruise ships, but new research shows that the sudden stomach bug can be transmitted even without being near someone who has it.

Reusable bags -- which are touted as being more eco-friendly -- were found to be the culprit in a Norovirus outbreak among a group of soccer players in Oregon.

The normally airborne disease was passed among the players after one got ill in a hotel bathroom, which happened to have a plastic bag full of food nearby.

Although a chaperone took the girl from the room and got her home before making contact with anyone else, a second chaperone took the bag and distributed the food to the other players, who eventually got sick themselves.

According to one of the authors of the study, Norovirus can live on surfaces for weeks. That means that if the virus lands on a commonly-contacted area or object, a lot of people can become infected weeks after the person who first got ill gets better.

Luckily, the risk can be minimized by using a sanitizing wipe between uses to remove any germs that the bag may have come in contact with.

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