Sapovirus is a growing concern in long-term care facilities
In a collaborative study between the Oregon Public Health Division, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lore E Lee, MPH, from the Oregon Public Health Division in Portland, and colleagues found that gastroenteritis in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) may be caused by sapovirus, an organism not routinely tested. The findings, published online 11 Apr 2012 in Emerging Infectious Diseases [Lee LE et al: Sapovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities, Oregon and Minnesota, USA, 2002-2009. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012; 18(5); available at
] underscore the need for multiorganism testing during gastroenteritis outbreaks, as the exact etiology of the outbreak can be difficult to discern on the basis of clinical profile alone.