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A Nosocomial Outbreak of Norovirus Infection Masquerading as <i>Clostridium difficile</i> Infection

Hoonmo L. Koo, Nadim J. Ajami, Zhi-Dong Jiang, Herbert L. DuPont, Robert L. Atmar, Debra Lewis, Patricia Byers, Paula Abraham, Ricardo A. Quijano, Daniel M. Musher and Edward J. Young

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 7, pages e75-e77
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/597299
A Nosocomial Outbreak of Norovirus Infection Masquerading as Clostridium difficile Infection

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Noroviruses (NoVs) are increasingly being recognized as important enteric pathogens. At a university-based hospital, we investigated a nosocomial outbreak of NoV infection that was originally attributed to Clostridium difficile. We describe here the unique challenges of the identification of NoVs as the true etiologic pathogen in an outbreak occurring in a health care setting, where C. difficile infection is endemic, as well as the important lessons learned.

Journal Article.  2209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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