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A large nontypical outbreak of Norwalk virus. Gastroenteritis associated with exposing celery to nonpotable water and with Citrobacter freundii.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1660704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The US Air Force Academy experienced a point-source outbreak of gastroenteritis originally believed to be caused by Salmonella. The overall attack rate was 48% among approximately 3000 cadets and staff. Food-specific attack rates implicated chicken salad. The odds ratio for chicken salad consumption in ill cadets was 10.7 (95% confidence interval: 8.2; 13.8). The celery component had been exposed to nonpotable water. Citrobacter freundii were statistically associated with consumption of the suspected vehicle and subsequent illness. Most aspects were consistent with the epidemiology of Norwalk gastroenteritis. However, the clinical presentation was not typical of reported outbreaks. One hundred five cadets required intravenous rehydration. Serum samples implicated Norwalk virus as the most probable cause of this outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, Ga) recently began national surveillance for viral gastroenteritis. All outbreaks of gastroenteritis associated with nonpotable water should be investigated for evidence of viral cause.
R D Warner; R W Carr; F K McCleskey; P C Johnson; L M Elmer; V E Davison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  151     ISSN:  0003-9926     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1991 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-01-10     Completed Date:  1992-01-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2419-24     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; S    
Epidemiology Services, US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, Tex. 78235-5000.
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MeSH Terms
Citrobacter freundii / isolation & purification
Colorado / epidemiology
Disease Outbreaks*
Enterobacteriaceae Infections / epidemiology
Food Microbiology
Gastroenteritis / epidemiology*
Military Personnel*
Norwalk virus*
Virus Diseases / epidemiology*
Water Supply*
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