Norovirus outbreak highlights infection control challenges

October 4, 2019

A study of a norovirus outbreak in a pediatric unit highlights infection control challenges, according to an article on the Healio website.

Frequent contact with caregivers, bottle feeding, and wet diapers can facilitate the spread of the virus in pediatric wards.

According to the researchers, common norovirus infection control strategies include adherence to hand hygiene, patient isolation and cohorting, visitor restrictions and enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection. 

After the outbreak, the hospital staff implemented enhanced control measures, which included environmental cleaning with an intensified 5,000-ppm bleach solution and evaluation of the effect of cleaning with the adenosine triphosphate surface test. 

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