Viral hepatitis associated with day-care centers

Gregory Storch, L. M. McFarland, K. Kelso, C. J. Heilman, C. T. Caraway

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From September 1976 through March 1978, we investigated 11 outbreaks of non-B viral hepatitis associated with Louisiana day-care centers. The outbreaks included 168 cases, most of which were erroneously considered 'sporadic' cases of non-B viral hepatitis prior to the investigations. Thirteen percent of all non-B viral hepatitis cases reported in the New Orleans metropolitan area during 1977 were associated with one of the outbreaks. Most of the cases in each outbreak and 85% overall were in older usually adult, contacts of children attending the day-care centers. Within the household, parents appeared to be at greatest risk, particularly those who had 1- to 2-year-old children in the day-care center. Day-care center outbreaks of non-B hepatitis are easily overlooked and may be more widespread than is currently appreciated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1514-1518
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979


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