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Outbreak Management

An outbreak is the perceived or true occurrence of more cases of a communicable disease than expected, in a given area or among a specific group of people, over a defined period of time.

The primary goal of outbreak management is to identify the cause of the outbreak within the facility, and to implement infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

Effective outbreak management requires a multidisciplinary approach and involves individuals with different responsibilities.  Early recognition of unusual clusters of illness and swift actions in response to these episodes are essential for effective management of outbreaks.  The Infection Prevention and Control Team works collaboratively with Public Health, Facility Administrators, and staff to facilitate prompt response to help minimize the impact of the outbreak.

The Outbreak Prevention, Control & Management Guidelines provide support in managing outbreaks in Acute Care as well as Continuing Care.

Influenza-like Illness (ILI)

EDM Zone Respiratory Outbreak Case Listing (Edmonton Acute & Continuing Care)

IPC Influenza Information (Acute & Continuing Care)

Gastrointestinal Illness

Norovirus Information for Staff (Acute & Continuing Care) 

EDM Zone Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak Case Listing (Edmonton Acute & Continuing Care) 

Norovirus Information for Patients and Visitors (Acute & Continuing Care) 

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