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Surveillance for Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis in Long-Term Care Facilities, Australia, 2002-2008

Fullerton, Kathleen; Hall, Gillian; Gregory, Joy; Stafford, Russell; Veitch, Mark; Becker, Niels; Kirk, Martyn


Background. Each year in Australia, health departments investigate hundreds of gastroenteritis outbreaks. Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) for elderly persons are a common setting for these outbreaks and can result in potentially serious outcomes. Methods. We established surveillance for gastroenteritis outbreaks in 2001, and analyzed data on outbreaks occurring from 1 July 2002 through 30 June 2008 to estimate the incidence in Australian LTCFs and residents. We summarized outbreaks by mode of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases
DOI: 10.1086/656406


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