I contracted a similar disease, called Norwalk virus.
It also was called "Cruise Ship Disease", as many cruise goers on a particular ship got it from food that was improperly prepared, or sitting out too long, etc.
My reasoning behind why I got it is 2 fold. I really dont know how I got it for sure.
One-I was working at a place that had 64 items on it's salad bar, and the servers did all the prep for it.
No one else got sick there.
Two-I used to live in Cocoa Beach, and Port Canaveral is the 2nd largest cruise ship port. We had many people from the cruise eat at our restaurant, and maybe I contracted it off of them, just by touching their plates or glasses. I am not a DR and have no clue.
At the time I got it, there had been an outbreak of the illness aboard a cruiseship.
And I am a chronic hand washer.. Odd, huh?
All I have to say is: Think you feel bad when you have food poisoning, or the flu???
I wanted to die, I was so ill, and it lasted several days.
Very violent illness on the tummy and beyond.
NOTHING compares to that illness.
I found a link describing it.
Oh, boy, I had totally forgot about it until this topic.
I stayed home for 3 days. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus-qa.htm http://consumeraffairs.com/news03/carnival_illness.html
Just found the above link when it happened in Fla. http://www.cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/09/02/sick.cruise/