Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:06:14 GMT
Dangerous chemicals made for a dangerous situation Tuesday evening in south Nashville. Police discovered a suspected meth lab at a home on Celebration Way just before 8 p.m. No other information is immediatelyMore >>
Dangerous chemicals made for a dangerous situation Tuesday evening in south Nashville.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:54 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:54:10 GMT
When you see surveillance photos on the news or a picture of someone wanted for a crime, we often ask that you call police if you have any information. Now, one Midstate police department wants you toMore >>
When you see surveillance photos on the news or a picture of someone wanted for a crime, we often ask that you call police if you have any information.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:21:14 GMT
Police say they had to chase a Thompson's Station man through two counties after he allegedly attacked a family member with a baseball bat. Williamson County investigators say 20-year-old Matthew KingMore >>
Police say they had to chase a Thompson's Station man through two counties after he allegedly attacked a family member with a baseball bat.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:16:48 GMT
A Grammy-winning R&B power house has canceled her stop in Nashville one night before the scheduled performance. Mary J. Blige's "Liberation Tour" was set to make a stop at Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday. RightMore >>
A Grammy-winning R&B powerhouse has canceled her stop in Nashville one night before the scheduled performance. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:51 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:51:58 GMT
Clarksville's downtown has a whole new sound. "I don't know where I'm at sometimes," said trumpet soloist and singer Ron Michaels. "I'm just listening. I'm playing, and I see colors with music." MichaelsMore >>
Clarksville's downtown has a whole new sound.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:40:39 GMT
The parents of a boy who died last summer after being left alone in a hot car for hours are speaking out, hoping their story will prevent another tragedy. Joel Gray died when his mom thought he had beenMore >>
The parents of a boy who died last summer after being left alone in a hot car for hours are speaking out, hoping their story will prevent another tragedy.More >>
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new strain of stomach bug sweeping the globe is taking over in the U.S., health officials say.
Since September, more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus. It may not be unusually dangerous; some scientists don't think it is. But it is different, and many people might not be able to fight off its gut-wrenching effects.
Clearly, it's having an impact. The new strain is making people sick in Japan, Western Europe, and other parts of the world. It was first identified last year in Australia and called the Sydney strain.
In the U.S., it is now accounting for about 60 percent of norovirus outbreaks, according to report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Norovirus -- once known as Norwalk virus -- is highly contagious and often spreads in places like schools, cruise ships and nursing homes, especially during the winter. Last month, 220 people on the Queen Mary II were stricken during a Caribbean cruise.
Sometimes mistakenly called stomach flu, the virus causes bouts of vomiting and diarrhea for a few days.
Every two or three years, a new strain evolves -- the last was in 2009. The Sydney strain's appearance has coincided with a spike in influenza, perhaps contributing to the perception that this is a particularly bad flu season in the U.S.
Ian Goodfellow, a prominent researcher at England's University of Cambridge, calls norovirus `the Ferrari of viruses' for the speed at which it passes through a large group of people.
"It can sweep through an environment very, very quickly. You can be feeling quite fine one minute and within several hours suffer continuous vomiting and diarrhea," he said.
Health officials have grown better at detecting new strains and figuring out which one is the culprit. They now know that norovirus is also the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S.
It's spread by infected food handlers who don't do a good job washing their hands after using the bathroom. But unlike salmonella and other foodborne illnesses, norovirus can also spread in the air, through droplets that fly when a sick person vomits.
"It's a headache" to try to control, said Dr. John Crane, a University of Buffalo infectious disease specialist who had to deal with a norovirus outbreak in a hospital ward a couple of years ago.
Each year, noroviruses cause an estimated 21 million illnesses and 800 deaths, the CDC says.
For those infected, there's really no medicine. They just have to ride it out for the day or two of severe symptoms, and guard against dehydration, experts said.
The illness even got the attention of comedian Stephen Colbert, who this week tweeted: "Remember, if you're in public and have the winter vomiting bug, be polite and vomit into your elbow."
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:54:33 GMT
A man that has been previously arrested for exposing himself in public is facing more charges. On Monday night, Metro police arrested Aquiles Rojas, 19, after a 14-year-old victim identified him last weekMore >>
A man that has been previously arrested for exposing himself in public is facing more charges.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:21 AM EDT2013-06-18 11:21:55 GMT
Investigators have made an arrest in connection with an underage prostitution business. Police responded to an ad for an escort service, which led them to Room 421 at the La Quinta Inn on Atrium Way inMore >>
Investigators have made an arrest in connection with an underage prostitution business.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:54:23 GMT
A woman who was fired from a West End yogurt shop is accused of harassing her former supervisor. The incident occurred between a former employer and supervisor at Pinkberry. Police said the PinkberryMore >>
A woman who was fired from a West End yogurt shop is accused of harassing her former supervisor. Morning Report More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-06-18 11:22:35 GMT
Two Jack in the Box employees were hurt in a south Nashville robbery. Police said a man and women were assaulted by a robber with a handgun at a Jack in the Box on Capital Funds Court. Investigators saidMore >>
Two Jack in the Box employees were hurt in a south Nashville robbery.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:40 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:40:14 GMT
Franklin police are searching for a man and a woman in connection with an unsolved car burglary. Earlier this month, a wallet was stolen from an unlocked car on Carothers Parkway. Police said theMore >>
Franklin police are searching for a man and a woman in connection with an unsolved car burglary.More >>