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Food Environ Virol. 2017 Dec;9(4):498-501. doi: 10.1007/s12560-017-9312-6. Epub 2017 Jul 3.

Challenging Investigation of a Norovirus Foodborne Disease Outbreak During a Military Deployment in Central African Republic.

Author information

1
French Armed Forces Center for Epidemiology and Public Health (CESPA), Marseille, France. s.watier.grillot@gmail.com.
2
French Ministry of Defense Joint Logistics and Supply Agency, Pantin, France.
3
French Armed Forces Center for Epidemiology and Public Health (CESPA), Marseille, France.
4
French Military Health Service, Montauban-Agen Medical Unit, Montauban, France.
5
Regional Department of the French Military Health Service, Toulon, France.
6
Bégin Military Teaching Hospital, Paris, France.
7
French Armed Forces Food Laboratory, Angers, France.
8
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES), Laboratory for Food Safety, 94700, Maisons-Alfort, France.
9
National Reference Center for Gastroenteritis Viruses, F. Mitterrand Teaching Hospital, Dijon, France.
10
AgroSup Dijon, PAM UMR A 02.102, 21000, Dijon, France.
11
Military Veterinary Unit, Lyon, France.
12
Val-de-Grâce Military Health Service Academy, Paris, France.

Abstract

In January 2016, a large-scale outbreak of acute gastroenteritis was reported among French armed forces deployed in the Central African Republic. Challenging investigations, conducted from France, made it possible to identify a norovirus genogroup II in both stool and food samples, confirming a norovirus foodborne disease outbreak. Infected food handler management is discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Central African Republic; Food handler; Foodborne disease outbreak; French Armed Forces; GII.2 variant; Norovirus

PMID:
28674933
DOI:
10.1007/s12560-017-9312-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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