Knowledge of norovirus prevention and control among infection preventionists.

Research paper by Katherine M KM Kosa, Sheryl C SC Cates, Aron J AJ Hall, Jenna E JE Brophy, Angela A Frasier

Indexed on: 20 May '14Published on: 20 May '14Published in: AJIC - American Journal of Infection Control


A Web-based survey was administered to infection preventionists (IPs) (N = 941) to characterize awareness and knowledge of norovirus (NoV). Only 44% of respondents correctly identified NoV as one of the 3 most common foodborne pathogens in the United States, and 5% correctly identified the 3 most common settings for NoV outbreaks. Several gaps in IPs' knowledge of NoV were identified; specifically, IPs could benefit from learning more about the natural history of NoV, modes of transmission, and cleaning and disinfection processes.