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Version 2: 01/02/2010
Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Unit
Outbreak of Suspected Gastroenteritis
(Definition: Two or more persons with the same disease or symptoms who are linked through
common exposure, personal characteristics, time or location. This applies to patients and /or staff and
will usually be characteised by short incubation i.e.15-48 hours, Illness duration of 12 – 60 hours)
RECORD TO BE COMPLETED
DATE & TIME OF CALL:
NAME OF CALLER:
ORGANISATION NAME AND ADDRESS:
CONTACT TEL NO:
NAME OF MANAGER (if different to caller):
Number of children in school:
Number of residents in Home:
Number of patients in ward:
Number of babies/children in Nursery:
Capacity (if different):
Number of staff:
Number of children/residents/patients
with symptoms:
Number of staff with symptoms:
Main symptoms:
Date of onset of first symptoms:
Average duration of illness to date:
Have faecal samples been taken?
Has local EHO been informed?
Incident Log No (Ilog)/Lab Reference No. (if known):
HPT use only: Final numbers affected/tested/positive:
No.
affected
No.
tested
No.
positive
Organism
Hospitalised
:
Died
Staff:
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Residents:
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CONTROL MEASURES/FURTHER ACTIONS THAT HOME/SCHOOL/WARD/NURSERY
SHOULD IMPLEMENT – CHECKLIST FOR DISCUSSION WITH MANAGER
Control Measure/Further Action
Comments
Isolate residents/pupils/patients or, if not
feasible, segregate ill people from
asymptomatic people.
Inform local CCDC and EHO
Inform GP(s) of ill patients
Clean toilet areas, including taps and door
handles, frequently
Disposable paper towels and liquid soap
with dispenser should be in hand-washing
areas
Staff should wear gloves and plastic aprons
when dealing with infected patients or
contaminated areas
Contaminated areas should be immediately
cleaned and disinfected with 1000 p.p.m.
hypochlorite
Exclude any staff who are ill for 48 hours
after symptoms have resolved
Minimise staff and patient movements
between “wards”/floors/areas
Advise visitors that they may be exposed to
infection, advise not to visit if feeling unwell
Do not discharge patients who may be
incubating infection to other institutions
Allocate agency staff to care for
asymptomatic residents
Do not admit any new residents until CCDC
or ICN says it is okay to do so
Postpone hospital/dental/chiropody/
hairdresser/other appointments until
outbreak is over
Home should be advised that fresh faecal
samples from ill residents will need to be
arranged via environmental health officer on
next working day
Home should keep record of staff and
patients who are ill (form attached)
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NOTES
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Action
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Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Team
RECORD FORM FOR SUSPECTED GASTROENTERITIS TO BE COMPLETED BY HOME
FOR STAFF AND RESIDENTS WHO BECOME ILL
Date:
Manager:
Address:
Telephone:
Name
*Key for symptoms:
DoB
D = Diarrhoea
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Date of
onset of
symptoms
Symptoms*
D/V/F/A
F = Fever
Faecal
specimen
(Y/N)
V = Vomiting
GP
Staff or
Resident
If a resident:
room name/
number
Staff
Absent?
Y/N
A = Abdominal pain
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Record form (continued)
Name
*Key for symptoms:
DoB
D = Diarrhoea
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Date of
onset of
symptoms
Symptoms*
D/V/F/A
F = Fever
Faecal
specimen
(Y/N)
V = Vomiting
GP
Staff or
Resident
If a resident:
room name/
number
Staff
Absent?
Y/N
A = Abdominal pain
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