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In June and July 2008, an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis with a total of at least 408 cases occurred in the municipality of Piran, Slovenia. The town has 17,400 inhabitants and is located in touristic area on the Slovenian Adriatic coast. The first 20 cases were reported on 26 June to regional Institute of Public Health Koper (IPH Koper). Preliminary interviews indicated that the only common source of exposure was the local water distribution system in Piran which supplies all inhabitants of the town. IPH Koper informed the local water distribution company on the same day, and control measures for containing the outbreak were implemented immediately.


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