Calicivirus (Norovirus, Sapovirus, Winter Vomiting Disease)
Caliciviruses (norovirus and sapovirus) cause outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis in closed and semi-closed populations such as long term care facilities and schools. Caliciviruses can also cause outbreaks of foodborne illness. Viral gastroenteritis has a disinctive clinical syndrome of diarrhea and vomiting, comes on rapidly, and leaves victims miserably ill for a couple of days. Caliciviruses are very, very contagious. Because calicivirus outbreaks occur mainly in the colder months, an early name for such outbreaks was “winter vomiting disease.”
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Gastroenteritis outbreaks by confirmation and infection, Oregon 2003–2012 (pdf)
Norovirus outbreaks are highlighted with red. Note that norovirus outbreaks account for 75% of oubreaks with stool specimens available for testing.
Gastroenteritis outbreaks by transmission modes and settings, Oregon 2003–2012 (pdf)
Note that the majority of reported gastroenteritis outbreaks occured in institutional cohorts.
Gastroenteritis outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Oregon 2003-2012 (pdf)
Note that majority of reported gastroenteritis outbreaks in long-term care are caused by norovirus.