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Stopping Norovirus in its Tracks – What Every Clinician Should Know

Date:Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Ben Lopman, PhD, MSc
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention


Noroviruses are responsible for more than half of all reported outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the United States., and contribute to about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year. While outbreaks can occur in a variety of settings, healthcare facilities, to include nursing homes and hospitals, are the most commonly reported settings for norovirus outbreaks. Clinicians have a critical role in the management and prevention of norovirus outbreaks. During this COCA call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the burden of norovirus outbreaks, review diagnostics and surveillance tools, and share resources to promote the prevention and control of norovirus infections.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the basic epidemiology of norovirus including burden of disease, and diagnostics and surveillance in the United States.
  • Define the role of norovirus in foodborne disease in the United States.
  • Identify community groups and healthcare settings most susceptible to severe outcomes from norovirus gastroenteritis.
  • List infection control measures and resources available for the control of norovirus.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 1/17/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 1/17/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.