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A Waterborne Outbreak of Norwalk-Like Virus Among Snowmobilers Wyoming, 2001

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Abstract: In February 2001, episodes of acute gastroenteritis were reported to the Wyoming Department of Health from persons who had recently vacationed at a snowmobile lodge in Wyoming. A retrospective cohort study found a significant association between water consumption and illness, and testing identified Norwalk-like virus (NLV) in 8 of 13 stool samples and 1 well. Nucleotide sequences from the positive well-water specimen and 6 of the positive stool samples were identical. This multistrain NLV outbreak investigation illustrates the importance of NLV as a cause of waterborne illness and should encourage monitoring for NLVs in drinking water.
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Citation:Anderson, A. D., A. G. Heryford, J. P. Sarisky, C. Higgins, S. S. Monroe, S. R. Beard, C. Newport, J. L. Cashdollar, G. S. Fout, D. Robbins, S. A. Seys, K. J. Musgrave, J. Bartkus, J. Vinje, J. S. Bresee, H. M. Mainzer, and R. Glass. A Waterborne Outbreak of Norwalk-Like Virus Among Snowmobilers Wyoming, 2001. JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 187(2):303-306, (2003).
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Contact: Mary P. O'Bryant - (919)-541-4871 or obriant.mary@epa.gov
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Division: Microbiological & Chemical Exposure Assessment Division
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Branch: Biohazard Assessment Research Branch
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Product Type: Journal
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Published: 01/15/2003
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