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Prevalence of Human Noroviruses Detected from Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis Patients in Seoul, Korea
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  • Journal title : The Korean Journal of Microbiology
  • Volume 48, Issue 2,  2012, pp.102-108
  • Publisher : The Microbiological Society of Korea
  • DOI : 10.7845/kjm.2012.48.2.102
 Title & Authors
Prevalence of Human Noroviruses Detected from Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis Patients in Seoul, Korea
Kim, Eun-Jeung; Kim, Moo-Sang; Chae, Young-Zoo; Cheon, Doo-Sung;
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Fecal specimens from acute gastroenteritis in Seoul from 2003 to 2007 were collected and then tested for the presence of Norovirus by RT-PCR. Among a total of 4,685 samples investigated, 383 samples (8.2%) were positive. The analysis of outbreaks related norovirus contamination occurred from 2003 to 2007 in Seoul revealed 57 cases happened during investigated period. Seasonal prevalence showed winter season predominant characteristics of pattern of epidemics by long term investigation for norovirus infections. The incidence of norovirus infection in the case of acute gastroenteritis by catering food in school were 32%, by food in general restaurant were 29%. This epidemiological investigation in Seoul was strongly needed for control and prevention of outbreaks related with norovirus by forecasting disease epidemics.
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