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Outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by norovirus GII.4 Sydney variant after a wedding reception at a resort/activity centre, Finland, August 2012

  • A. POLKOWSKA (a1) (a2), M. RÖNNQVIST (a3), O. LEPISTÖ (a4), M. ROIVAINEN (a1), L. MAUNULA (a3), S. HUUSKO (a1), S. TOIKKANEN (a1) and R. RIMHANEN-FINNE (a1)...

Summary

In August 2012, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among 88 persons attending a wedding reception at a resort/activity centre in Ylöjärvi, Finland. Of 39 interviewed guests, 23 met the case definition. Two persons were hospitalized. Epidemiological, laboratory and environmental investigations were conducted to characterize the outbreak and to recommend control measures. Investigation confirmed the presence of a new strain of norovirus GII.4 Sydney variant in stool specimens obtained from two wedding guests and on several environmental surfaces in the centre. In the questionnaire study, none of the foods or beverages served during the reception were significantly associated with the illness. Additional cases of gastroenteritis that occurred at the centre before and after the wedding reception supported the hypothesis of environmental transmission of norovirus. After thorough cleansing and disinfection and 1 week's quarantine, no new cases with symptoms typical for norovirus infection were identified at the centre.

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* Author for correspondence: Miss A. Polkowska, Mannerheimintie 166, 00271 Helsinki, Finland. (Email: aleksandra.polkowska@thl.fi)

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Outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by norovirus GII.4 Sydney variant after a wedding reception at a resort/activity centre, Finland, August 2012

  • A. POLKOWSKA (a1) (a2), M. RÖNNQVIST (a3), O. LEPISTÖ (a4), M. ROIVAINEN (a1), L. MAUNULA (a3), S. HUUSKO (a1), S. TOIKKANEN (a1) and R. RIMHANEN-FINNE (a1)...

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