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An Outbreak of Norwalk-Related Gastroenteritis at a Boys' Camp

Suzanne Jenkins, VMD, MPH; Joseph T. Horman, DVM, MPH; Ebenezer Israel, MD, MPH; George Cukor, PhD; Neil R. Blacklow, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(8):787-789. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140100049026.
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• An acute gastrointestinal tract illness affected 213 (52%) of 407 campers and 64 (53%) of 121 staff members attending a boys' camp in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland during the summer of 1981. Nausea was the predominant symptom for ill campers and staff members (73%), but more staff members experienced diarrhea (49%) than did campers (9%). Twenty-three individuals had more than one episode of illness compatible with the case definition. Eight of nine paired blood specimens from ill staff members showed a fourfold increase in antibody titer to Norwalk virus by radioimmunoassay. Environmental inspections and laboratory tests failed to implicate a common source of exposure.

(AJDC 1985;139:787-789)


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