Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) outbreaks frequently occur in schools and child care facilities, and most outbreaks spread via person-to-person transmission

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Claire P. Mattison, M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed AGE outbreaks occurring in kindergarten to grade 12 schools and child care

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The researchers identified 2,623 school, 1,972 child care, and 38 school and child care outbreaks from 2009 to 2019.

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Outbreaks were larger at schools than child care facilities (median, 29 versus 10 cases), while outbreaks were longer at child care facilities than schools (median, 15 versus nine days).

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The most reported etiologies were norovirus and Shigella spp., with norovirus the leading etiology in schools and norovirus and Shigella spp. dominant in child care facilities

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Overall, 85.7 percent of the outbreaks were spread by person-to-person contact.

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One hundred twenty-three outbreaks were reported in 2020; 85 percent were reported in the first quarter.

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"Schools and child care centers provide a prime setting for the spread of AGE pathogens, particularly norovirus and Shigella spp

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