Outbreak Management

The primary goal of outbreak management is to identify the cause of outbreaks within the institution and to implement infection control measures to reduce the risk of transmission. It's mandatory for institutional facilities to report outbreaks to the Health Unit.

Line listing and report forms are available to download below.

What Is an Outbreak?

An outbreak is an increase from the usual number of cases of disease or infection.

In the case of a respiratory outbreak, the outbreak should be suspected and reported when there are two cases of acute respiratory illness within 48 hours.

An enteric outbreak should be suspected and reported when there are two cases of gastrointestinal illness within 48 hours.

How to Report an Outbreak

Outbreaks should be reported as soon as they're suspected or identified.

They can be reported to the Health Unit by calling 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.

Completed daily line listings are to be sent to your Health Unit contact.

Links

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario