Managing outbreaks of viral respiratory infection in aged care facilities — challenges and difficulties during the first pandemic wave

Gulam Khandaker, Bridget Doyle, Dominic E Dwyer and Robert Booy
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03715.x
Published online: 21 June 2010

To the Editor: We describe here some of the difficulties in managing and investigating outbreaks of viral respiratory infection in aged care facilities (ACFs) in the context of an influenza pandemic. This adds to the previous report on logistics in a hospital setting.1

  • Gulam Khandaker1
  • Bridget Doyle2
  • Dominic E Dwyer3
  • Robert Booy1

  • 1 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Public Health Unit, Greater Southern Area Health Service, Albury, NSW.
  • 3 Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW.



We acknowledge the assistance of Dr Jeremy McAnulty, Director of Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Health; all the residents and staff of the ACF; and the laboratory staff at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Hospital.

Competing interests:

Robert Booy has received occasional funding from CSL, Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth to attend and present at scientific meetings, but all such funding is directed to a research account at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and not accepted personally. The Moran Health Care Group, the Australian Research Council and Roche provided funding to undertake a study relating to influenza in aged care facilities from 2006 to 2008.


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