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J Infect Dis. 2000 May;181 Suppl 2:S270-4.

Surveillance of viral gastroenteritis in Japan: pediatric cases and outbreak incidents.

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Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo 162-8640, Japan. sinouye@nih.go.jp.

Abstract

Surveillance results from pediatric cases and outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis in Japan are presented. In winter, both small round structured virus (SRSV, or Norwalk-like viruses) and rotavirus were detected from infants with gastroenteritis; however, in recent years, the prevailing time of SRSV infection has preceded that of rotavirus infection. Most nonbacterial gastroenteritis outbreaks were related to SRSV infection, and >60% of the outbreaks were caused by contaminated food. In small-sized outbreaks, raw oysters were the primary source of transmission. In large-sized outbreaks, school lunches and catered meals that were served at schools, banquet halls, and hospitals were most often implicated in the transmission of foodborne gastroenteritis.

PMID:
10804136
PMCID:
PMC7109874
DOI:
10.1086/315593
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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