Don't Gamble with Norovirus: Prevention, Control and Containment of a Norovirus Outbreak in a Casino

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis and the most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States affecting 19-21 million people and costing over $2 billion in healthcare costs every year.

Using an outbreak that occurred at a Midwestern casino, this presentation discusses the epidemiology of Norovirus, prevention and control measures, laboratory testing considerations, and sampling techniques. The ability to apply this information could help prevent the spread of Norovirus in your jurisdiction, or, worldwide if an outbreak occurred in a tourist destination like Las Vegas.

Speaker / Author: 
Eric Bradley, MPH, REHS/RS, CP-FS, DAAS; and Kristen Obbink, DVM, MPH
Month Year: 
July 2015