After talking to one of my friends who is much smarter than I am, I have deduced that my last supposed episode of “food poisoning” was actually a norovirus infection.

At the time, I blamed it on some bad pineapple which was the last thing I ate before getting sick but that doesn’t really make any sense. It was fresh pineapple that I had cut myself from a whole pineapple and I’ve been eating pineapples like that for years. The flesh of the fruit didn’t smell or taste bad at all. When you think about it, a fresh pineapple is pretty damn hard to get sick from especially when you consider it’s covered and protected by a thick rind.

I’ve also taken into account that there’s a current outbreak of norovirus illnesses in the Vancouver area. Norovirus is easily spread and extremely contagious so it’s quite likely I caught the illness that way. I also found out that at least one other person at work was also felled by this virus and had to stay home for several days.

If you’re in the Vancouver area, make sure you wash your hands frequently and stay away from people you think might be sick. If you yourself have been infected with this illness, stay home! Your vomit and diarrhea is extremely contagious. If you share a home with others, isolate yourself from your housemates. If possible, don’t share your bathroom with anyone.

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