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Norovirus-Like Virus Outbreak at a Correctional Facility in Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, March to April 2008

NCJ Number
Journal of Correctional Health Care Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2013 Pages: 269-277
Vidya Sunil, DVM; Anne Marie Holt, MHSc; Ruth Dixon, R.N.; Diane Dingman, BScN, R.N.; Avis Lynn Noseworthy, M.D., MHSc
Date Published
October 2013
9 pages
This study investigated a norovirus outbreak in a correctional facility in Canada.
In March 2008, an enteric outbreak was reported from a correctional facility in Central East Ontario to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. The clinical and epidemiological data were compatible with the presence of norovirus in this enteric outbreak. This report summarizes the outbreak investigation conducted and the various public health measures undertaken through a coordinated response by the facility health care and correctional staff and local and provincial health authorities to contain the infection within the facility. Correctional facilities present unique challenges to the implementation of infection control measures, and the investigators eventually recommended that the facility be closed to transfers and new admissions until the outbreak was brought under control. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.