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Food Environ Virol. 2017 Jun;9(2):234-237. doi: 10.1007/s12560-016-9274-0. Epub 2016 Dec 1.

Norovirus GII.17 Outbreak Linked to an Infected Post-Symptomatic Food Worker in a French Military Unit Located in France.

Author information

1
French Armed Forces Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health (CESPA), Marseille, France. eomsanchez@hotmail.com.
2
Poitiers Armed Forces Medical Unit, Poitiers, France.
3
Armed Forces Medical Centre, Poitiers-Saint-Maixent, France.
4
Inspectorate of the Military Health Service, Paris, France.
5
French Armed Forces Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health (CESPA), Marseille, France.
6
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Anses), Laboratory for Food Safety, Paris-Est University, Maisons-Alfort, France.
7
National Reference Centre for Enteric Viruses, Dijon, France.

Abstract

In February 2016, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in a French military unit located in Poitiers, France. Attack rate was of 34% (103/300). A case-control study identified association between illness and cake consumption. Stool samples were tested positive for Norovirus GII.17 for one patient and one post-symptomatic food worker (FW). The FW presented vomiting one day before cake preparation. The NoV strain was probably spread through food worker hand contact. Prevention of Norovirus foodborne outbreaks implies new guidelines for FWs management in France and Europe.

KEYWORDS:

Foodborne outbreak; Military personnel; Norovirus GII.17; Prevention

PMID:
27909946
DOI:
10.1007/s12560-016-9274-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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