31 January 2008

Stomach Flu Runs Rampant, New Fetish Born: Girls With Gastroenteritis

The winter months are notorious for providing a breeding ground for diseases, viruses and head colds. But once again this year a particularly ferocious illness is running amuck from coast to coast. The norovirus!!!! AGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

The repulsive sound of the word goes hand in hand with the nature of this extremely infectious virus. Doctors everywhere have warned those struck down by the violent stomach bug sweeping the country not to return to work to prevent the virus from spreading.

The norovirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, more widely known as the stomach flu, according to the Center for Disease Control. In the UK it is also rather poetically known as the 'winter vomiting disease '.

Symptoms usually start a day or two after a person is infected. They experience a sudden onset of nausea, followed by vomiting and watery diarrhoea (I love how the Brits spell that). Other symptoms can include fever, stomach cramps, aching limbs, nose falling off, etc. Most people make a full recovery in 48 hours and there are no long term effects from the virus.

The best, and really the only way, to treat the virus is to let it run its course. Buy lots of toilet paper and drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost by vomiting and diarrhoea. It is not possible to prevent getting the virus but good hygiene can limit the spread of the infection.

The virus can survive for several days in a contaminated area. You should wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after going to the toilet or preparing food. Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce. Yes, I know how we all love not washing our hands after using the loo and sure I love a good unwashed tomato as much as the next guy, but let's be careful, lads!

So I searched "stomach virus" and then "gastroenteritis" on Google images to prepare some visual aids for my entry and, as usual, I came across some weird stuff.

This appears to be the fevered sketch done by a lad clearly caught in the deranged, delirious and hallucinatory throes of gastroenteritis.

A side effect of gastroenteritis becoming so popular these days is a brave new fetish for men who love girls with stomach bugs, as seen in the pics I found below. Girls With Gastroenteritis.com anyone?

There are even cartoons about it!

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, right? Who knew there was such an underground pipeline of gastroenteritis paraphiliacs!

Well, be safe out there, lads!

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