Originally Posted by Aerocam
I used to have a laid back attitude about hand washing. I always did but I didn't stress it much.
Last year 15 kids, 15 adults on a six day Lower Salmon trip. Day four, one of the kids started puking. By the morning of day six, eight more folks were feeding the carp on the Snake. By the time everyone got home,18 of the the 30 had come down with some sort of intestinal distress.
I ordered a Wishy Washy from Cascade three days ago and will be stressing sanitation much more in the future.
Home made or store bought, Personal sanitation is important.
We were putting in at Corn Creek on the Main Salmon last summer as a group was taking out, after getting a jet boat shuttle back up the river. They weren't moving very fast and didn't seem very happy, but were very nice to help us get our raft in the water. Later the ranger told me they had all had norovirus and what sounds like a miserable few days.
It was hours later but I washed my hands and raft. It was a somewhat tense couple of days until none of us came down with the symptoms.
We were very careful about handwashing and keeping the kitchen clean, sanitizing all surfaces with a bleach wipe before meals. Also assigned one guy to the groover who did an excellent job keeping it clean, and kept him out of the kitchen.
Maybe this helped. Maybe not. Not sure but I am sure I hope I never get it on a river trip.