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Noroviruses: a global cause of acute gastroenteritis.

Norwalk virus, the prototype norovirus, was identified in 1972 by the late Albert Kapikian in a fecal sample from an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis at an elementary school in Norwalk, Ohio, USA. During this outbreak, almost 50% of the students and teachers were infected during 2 days, highlighting the rapid spread of norovirus outbreaks. The advent and wide availability of molecular diagnostic techniques has resulted in increased awareness of the importance of norovirus-associated acute gastroenteritis. 

Author: Desselberger U, Goodfellow

Citation: Desselberger U, Goodfellow I. Noroviruses: a global cause of acute gastroenteritis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 Aug;14(8):664-5. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(14)70776-5. Epub 2014 Jun 26.

Published: 01/08/2014

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Lancet Infectious Diseases