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Acute gastroenteritis outbreaks associated with ground-waterborne norovirus in South Korea during 2008–2012

  • H. G. CHO (a1) (a2), S. G. LEE (a3), W. H. KIM (a1), J. S. LEE (a4), P. H. PARK (a1), D. S. CHEON (a5), W. H. JHEONG (a6), E. H. JHO (a2), J. B. LEE (a1) and S. Y. PAIK (a7)...

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Epidemiological and virological studies indicate that noroviruses-contaminated groundwater was the primary source of four acute gastroenteritis outbreaks in South Korea between 2008 and 2012. Furthermore, cabbage kimchi was first identified as the vehicle of transmission between groundwater and infected patients in an outbreak in 2011. The proper treatment of groundwater sources prior to use for drinking or in food preparation is necessary to prevent further outbreaks.

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* Author for correspondence: Dr S. Y. Paik, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 137–701, Republic of Korea. (Email: paik@catholic.ac.kr)

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