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A Waterbome Outbreak of NorwalkLike Virus among Snowmobilers-Wyoming, 2001

Alicia D. Anderson, Annette G. Heryford, John P. Sarisky, Charles Higgins, Stephan S. Monroe, R. Suzanne Beard, Christina M. Newport, Jennifer L. Cashdollar, G. Shay Fout, David E. Bobbins, Scott A. Seys, Karl J. Musgrave, Carlota Medus, Jan Vinjé, Joseph S. Bresee, Hugh M. Mainzer and Roger I. Glass
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vol. 187, No. 2 (Jan. 15, 2003), pp. 303-306
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30085348
Page Count: 4
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A Waterbome Outbreak of NorwalkLike 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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