posted on Jun, 23 2013 @ 03:09 PM
reply to post by Divine Strake
Actually I don't think it's to keep people away from those areas. The Appalacian Trail has had issues with Norovirus for the past 2 years, with a
large group of backpackers getting ill all at the same place and/or time along the trail. I don't think it's much of a stretch to think that perhaps
someone who was carrying it, could've visited both places, as you are contagious for something like 3 days after you get it, and is carried in your
stool for 2 weeks after you start feeling better. Out on the trail, or in the woods, cleanliness isn't always a priority, and so an illness like this
spreads like wildfire.
Best bets for prevention....
Hand washing (where possible)
Never share food or drink with anyone else.
Never shake hands with folks you meet on the trail.
Use your shirt or some sort of hand cover when you open public toilet stalls and doors.
Don't sleep in public shelters or hostels- use your own tent and pitch it some distance from other people.
That was a list I picked up off another site for backpackers, as this has been an issue for some time now, unfortunately.
S n F for you for bringing this to everyone's attention!! Great job OP.
edit on 6/23/2013 by SweetKarma because: (no reason given)