Norovirus-induced outbreak of diarrhea in the psychiatric ward of a hospital

Pei-Fung Lai

2006 Vol.22 NO.4

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The Third Branch of the CDC received report form the Health Bureau of Miao-Li County in the afternoon (around 5:20) of Feb. 7, 2006 that diarrhea had occurred in several patients since Jan. 30, 2006 in the psychiatric ward on the eighth floor of a hospital. An outbreak of diarrhea was suspected, and to prevent further spreading of the disease, epidemiological surveillance and necessary infection control measures were applied. The goals of the surveillance were to identify the severity of the outbreak and the route of infection, to investigate the causes of the outbreak, and to assess the effect of infection control measures.