Early identification of outbreaks allows carers and public health agencies to reduce the burden of this disease
Recently, serious outbreaks of foodborne gastroenteritis occurring in aged-care facilities (ACFs) have captured public and media attention. Gastroenteritis will occur in settings where people gather, even when standards of care and food hygiene are very high. Some infections are inevitable due to the susceptibility of the population and the highly infectious and persistent nature of enteric pathogens. Early recognition of an outbreak and identification of the responsible organism enable interventions that can reduce the impact of disease.