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JavaOne Day 4: Urgent Public Health Warning: Stomach Flu

Posted by johnm on May 9, 2008 at 6:57 AM PDT

Just received an emailed notice:

The JavaOne conference team has been notified by the San Francisco Department of Public Health about an identified outbreak of a virus in the San Francisco area. Testing is still underway to identify the specific virus in question, but they believe it to be the Norovirus, a common cause of the "stomach flu", which can cause temporary flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours. Part of the San Francisco area impacted includes the Moscone Center, the site of the JavaOne conference which is being held this week. We are working with the appropriate San Francisco Department of Public Health and Moscone representatives to mitigate the impact this will have on the conference and steps are being taken overnight to disinfect the facility. We have not received any indication that the show should end early, so will have the full schedule of events on Friday as planned. We hope to see you then.

Please see the attached notification from the Department of Public Health.

For further information, as well as Frequently Asked Questions related to the Norovirus, please visit the San Francisco Department of Public Health website at http://sfcdcp.org/norovirus.cfm

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More details from this AP article.

Anyway, when this morning I read the email subject, I first thought it was a WiFi / WIndows thing ;-)

Norovirus outbreaks are dismayingly preventable. If people would just wash their hands after going to the bathroom and wash their hands before eating, norovirus outbreaks would be far more rare.