Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings | National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings

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Abstract: 
These new guidelines emphasise the importance of organisational preparedness for outbreaks. The epidemiology of norovirus changes over time and geography. The emergence of new strains will continue to challenge us as populations at risk, including employees of affected organisations, will also change. Meeting these challenges will require robust surveillance of outbreaks and sentinel surveillance of norovirus activity in organisations and the wider community even though there is presently only very low quality evidence that surveillance prevents symptomatic norovirus infection and no evidence that it either prevents or shortens outbreaks
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Produced by the Norovirus Working Party: an equal partnership of professional organisations - British Infection Association, Healthcare Infection Society, Health Protection Agency, NHS Confederation, Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics Newcastle, National Concern for Healthcare Infections, Health Protection Scotland, DH England, DH Wales, DH Northern Ireland, Registered Nursing Home Association
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Epidemiology
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