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An outbreak of norovirus linked to oysters in Tasmania


Lodo, KL and Veitch, MG and Green, ML, An outbreak of norovirus linked to oysters in Tasmania, Communicable diseases intelligence quarterly report, 38, (1) pp. E16-19. ISSN 1447-4514 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Norovirus is the most commonly reported virus in shellfish related gastroenteritis outbreaks. In March 2013 an investigation was conducted following the receipt of reports of gastroenteritis after the consumption of oysters at private functions in Tasmania. Cases were ascertained through general practitioners, emergency departments, media releases and self-reporting. Of the 306 cases identified in Tasmania, ten faecal specimens were collected for laboratory testing and eight were positive for norovirus (GII.g). The most common symptoms were vomiting (87%), diarrhoea (85%), myalgia (82%) and fever (56%). The implicated oysters were traced to a single lease from which they were harvested and distributed locally and interstate. Nationally 525 cases were identified from Tasmania (306), Victoria (209), New South Wales (8) and Queensland (2). This report highlights the consequences of norovirus outbreaks in shellfish, even with rapid identification, trace back and removal of the implicated product from the market.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Veitch, MG (Dr Mark Veitch)
ID Code:122210
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-11-06
Last Modified:2017-11-17

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