February 18,

Outbreak Information

Outbreak Information

When to call Peterborough Public Health: Respiratory Outbreak

A confirmed respiratory infection outbreak in a long-term care home is defined as:

Two cases of acute respiratory tract illness, at least one of which must be laboratory confirmed,

or
Three cases of acute respiratory tract illness occurring within 48 hours in a geographic area (e.g. unit, floor);

or

More than two units having a case of acute respiratory tract illness within 48 hours

Signs and symptoms may include:
Runny nose or sneezing;
Stuffy nose (i.e. congestion);
Sore throat, hoarseness or difficulty swallowing;
Dry cough;
Swollen or tender glands in the neck (cervical lymphadenopathy);
Fever/abnormal temperature for the resident may be present, but is not required;
Tiredness (malaise);
Muscle aches (myalgia);
Loss of appetite;
Headache; and
Chills

 

If your facility is experiencing any of the above or suspect an outbreak, please call Peterborough Public Health.  If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Peterborough Public Health at (705) 743-1000.

MOHLTC: A Guide to the Control of Respiratory Infection Outbreaks in Long Term Care Homes

When to call Peterborough Public Health: Gastroenteritis Outbreak

A confirmed gastroenteritis infection outbreak in a long-term care home is defined as:

Two or more episodes of diarrhea or watery stool (takes the form of its container) within a 24 hour period, or two or more episodes of vomiting withing a 24 hours period

or

One episode of diarrhea or watery stool (takes the form of its container) and one episode of vomiting within a 24 hour period

or

Laboratory confirmation of a known gastrointestinal pathogen and at least one symptom compatible with gastrointestinal infection (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain or tenderness)

If your facility is experiencing any of the above or suspect an outbreak, please call Peterborough Public Health.  If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Peterborough Public Health at (705) 743-1000.

Last modified on Sep 27, 2016