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J Correct Health Care. 2013 Oct;19(4):269-77. doi: 10.1177/1078345813499311.

Norovirus-like virus outbreak at a correctional facility in Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, March to April 2008.

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  • 11Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Central East Ontario, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

In March 2008, an enteric outbreak was reported from a correctional facility in Central East Ontario to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. The clinical and epidemiological data were compatible with the presence of norovirus in this enteric outbreak. This report summarizes the outbreak investigation conducted and the various public health measures undertaken through a coordinated response by the facility health care and correctional staff and local and provincial health authorities to contain the infection within the facility. Correctional facilities present unique challenges to the implementation of infection control measures, and the investigators eventually recommended that the facility be closed to transfers and new admissions until the outbreak was brought under control.

KEYWORDS:

correctional health care; investigation; norovirus; outbreak; public health

PMID:
24078622
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