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Volume 17, Number 8—August 2011

Research

Incidence of Acute Gastroenteritis and Role of Norovirus, Georgia, USA, 2004–2005

Aron J. HallComments to Author , Mariana Rosenthal, Nicole Gregoricus, Sharon A. Greene, Jeana Ferguson, Olga L. Henao, Jan Vinjé, Ben A. Lopman, Umesh D. Parashar, and Marc-Alain Widdowson
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (A.J. Hall, M. Rosenthal, N. Gregoricus, S.A. Greene, O.L. Henao, J. Vinjé, B.A. Lopman, U.D. Parashar, M.-A. Widdowson); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (M. Rosenthal); Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta (J. Ferguson)

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Table 1

Health care utilization practices among persons with acute gastroenteritis, by age group, FoodNet Population Surveys, USA, 2000–2007*

Age group, y % Persons with acute gastroenteritis who sought medical care
% Persons who submitted a fecal specimen of those with acute gastroenteritis who sought medical care
<3 d illness duration Any illness duration <3 d illness duration Any illness duration
<5 16.8 28.5 5.8 15.8
5–15 16.8 20.1 6.9 10.9
16–25 6.2 12.4 1.6 0.6
26–45 6.4 10.7 1.5 13.7
46–65 5.4 9.5 7.5 21.5
>65
10.3
15.7

17.4
13.0
Total 9.3 14.6 6.1 13.3

*Acute gastroenteritis is defined as diarrhea (>3 loose stools in a 24-h period) beginning within the past month and in the absence of a chronic disease for which diarrhea is a major sign. Data were obtained from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) Population Survey, cycles 3–5 (2; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unpub. data).

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