Maine CDC Health Advisories


Norovirus Gastroenteritis in Maine

December 9, 2010 Word  PDF
Over the last 10 days, Maine CDC has investigated five reports of gastroenteritis outbreaks from Cumberland, Oxford, Kennebec and Hancock counties. Four outbreaks occurred in long term care facilities and one occurred in a school setting. Norovirus infections typically increase during the winter months, and Maine CDC routinely receives numerous reports of suspected outbreaks each year. Last winter season, December 2009-March 2010, there were 12 suspect and confirmed norovirus outbreaks reported, compared to 56 reported during the same time period the year before. Public health partners are encouraged to consider norovirus when assessing clusters of gastroenteritis and to act promptly to prevent the spread of illness. All of the above facilities have implemented preventive measures to control further spread of illness.