Outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease associated with person to person spread in hotels and restaurants.

R. J. McDonnell*, P. G. Wall, Goutam Adak, H. S. Evans, J. M. Cowden, E. O. Caul

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Abstract

Twenty-eight outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease, reported as being transmitted mainly by the person to person route, were identified in association with retail catering premises, such as hotels, restaurants, and public houses, in England and Wales between 1992 and 1994. Five thousand and forty-eight people were at risk in these outbreaks and 1234 were affected. Most of the outbreaks (over 90%) occurred in hotels. Small round structured viruses were the most commonly detected pathogens. Diarrhoea and vomiting were common symptoms and most of the outbreaks occurred in the summer months. Control measures to contain infectious individuals and improved hygiene measures are necessary to contain such outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R150-152
JournalCommunicable disease report. CDR review
Volume5
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 1995

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