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Monitoring telehealth vomiting calls as a potential public health early warning system for seasonal norovirus activity in Ontario, Canada

  • S. L. Hughes (a1), R. A. Morbey (a2), A. J. Elliot (a2), S. A. McEwen (a1), A. L. Greer (a1), I. Young (a3) and A. Papadopoulos (a1)...

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Norovirus is a predominant cause of infectious gastroenteritis in countries worldwide [1–5]. It accounts for approximately 50% of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and >90% of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks [6, 7]. The incubation period ranges between 10 and 48 h and illness duration is generally 1–3 days with self-limiting symptoms; however, this duration is often longer (e.g. 4–6 days) in vulnerable populations such as hospital patients or young children [2, 8]. Symptomatic infection of norovirus presents as acute vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and nausea, with severe vomiting and diarrhoea (non-bloody) being most common [2, 5, 9].

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Author for correspondence: S. L. Hughes, E-mail: shughes@alumni.uoguelph.ca

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Monitoring telehealth vomiting calls as a potential public health early warning system for seasonal norovirus activity in Ontario, Canada

  • S. L. Hughes (a1), R. A. Morbey (a2), A. J. Elliot (a2), S. A. McEwen (a1), A. L. Greer (a1), I. Young (a3) and A. Papadopoulos (a1)...

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