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Norwalk-like gastroenteritis epidemic in a Toronto hospital.

Authors
  • Leers, W D
  • Kasupski, G
  • Fralick, R
  • Wartman, S
  • Garcia, J
  • Gary, W
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of public health
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1987
Volume
77
Issue
3
Pages
291–295
Identifiers
PMID: 3028187
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An epidemic of gastroenteritis in a teaching hospital affected 57 patients and 69 staff over a 26-day period. The index case was a patient admitted with acute abdominal pain and diarrhea two days prior to the outbreak. The epidemic curve indicated person-to-person transmission. The incubation period, duration and types of symptoms were typical of Norwalk gastroenteritis, and Norwalk-like virus particles, serologically different from the prototype Norwalk virus strain, were observed in 17 of 20 fecal specimens examined by immune-electron microscopy.

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