Monday, February 6, 2012

Winter Puking Disease

Well, folks, it is that time of year. It's time for Winter Puking Disease. The best named illness in all of Sweden, if only for it's perfect descriptiveness. It is winter, there is plenty of puking, you feel diseased. In English we call it by it's name, what ever stomach bug that might be eating at your insides, mostly Norovirus. But let's be honest, when you are sitting there feeling gross you aren't thinking, 'gee Norovirus', you sure do suck - you are thinking 'Damn you winter puking disease, be gone'. At least that is what I am thinking. So right now we are washing and cleaning and changing diapers and hoping that winter puking disease stops here. And yes, I have given in to hand sanitizers.


  1. Well, I guess them most strange thing of all is that I have no memory what-so-ever of this disease when I grew up. And neither do my friends the same age as me. People sometimes got a stomach bug but not regularly every year. This annual puking seems pretty new and modern. Have no idea why i started? Have discussed this with some of my friends but neither of us can come up with an explanation. To much indoor activity? More kids in each group at daycare? New and more potent viruses? More people commuting and spreading the virus on buses, trains and subway? Who knows?
    Just hope you will make it this winter without catching it.
    And b t w, here in US I think most diseases always are called some kind of abbreviation. Like so much else. Mostly a short version made of 3-4 letters.... ;-)
    Keep clean and hand sanitized now!

  2. No, same with me. That disease did not exist when I was a kid in the 70's and early 80's. Sure, we had the stomach flu every now and then, but not WVD. NOT at all. I grew up in Stockholm.
    That is some kind of new phenomena. You are right, it is always called the Norovirius here, and cruise ships seem to be a good breeding ground for it. However, it hardly exists in the schools. I am very happy that it is not so widespread here.
    GROSS, GROSS...I feel for you! WASH your hands!

  3. Interesting, I didn't realize that. I live in fear of the candy dispensers and loose candy because of this wacky 'disease.' Glad to hear you don' have to struggle with it, I will try to avoid contaminating an entire cruise ship, so far my stomach is still hanging in there. Little Swede is still not a happy camper.

  4. Oh, it's the same stomach flu that existed in the 70's and 80's. It's just the evening papers making into this shock thing. They make it sound like EVERYONE is projectile vomiting.

    "Är vinterkräksjukan samma som kallades maginfluensa när jag var liten?
    Ja! det var norovirus, eller möjligen sapovirus, astrovirus eller adenovirus, den gången också. Ordet vinterkräksjuka som började ersätta maginfluensa i Sverige i början av 2000-talet, kommer från engelskans winter vomiting disease som beskrevs första gången 1929 av forskaren J Zahorsky."

    Familjeliv might not be the best source but this is a pretty good fact thread.

    I do think, like Desiree said, that outbreaks could be worse now because of bigger groups at daycares, worse hygiene routines at hospitals, and some years, more potent virus strains.

    1. Er, sorry, I meant Saltistjejen. Don't know where I got Desiree!

  5. Im 21 and lived in sweden my whole life. and even i didnt hear of the winter vomit disease until a few years ago. everyone i know had some puking disease a few times as a child (for like 2 days), but that name is just freaky. sounds crazy and scary.