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Good comms helps quash gastro bugs

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Early notification to public health services helps minimise the spread of gastro bugs in facilities like rest homes and early childhood centres, a Massey-led study has found. The study analysed gastroenteritis, norovirus and rotovirus outbreak data from a North Island public health provider between 2009 and 2014 and found that if facilities notified authorities quickly, the outbreak tended to be shorter and smaller. Researchers say better data is needed though to estimate the cost of outbreaks and help inform appropriate public health responses.

Journal/conference: New Zealand Medical Journal

Organisation/s: Massey University

Funder: SMS acknowledges support from the New Zealand Scholarships Programme.

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Institutional gastroenteritis outbreaks and time to notify public health services

The models identified that a shorter notification to the Public Health Service was significantly associated with shorter duration and smaller size of outbreaks. Future studies should consider more complex modelling of the association between time to notify the PHS, the duration and the size of the outbreak combined with an investigation of the sensitivity of the definition of the start of the outbreak.

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