Infection of staff during an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis in an elderly persons' home

J. A. Reid, D. Breckon, P. R. Hunter*

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Abstract

An outbreak of viral gastroenteritis in an elderly persons' residence is reported. Seventeen of 37 (47%) residents and 22 of 50 (44%) staff developed illness. Adenovirus was seen by direct electron microscopy in two vomitus and two faeces specimens. It is suggested that the most likely mode of transmission was environmental contamination by vomitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fastidious adenoviruses
  • gastroenteritis
  • vomitus

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