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J Hosp Infect. 2012 Oct;82(2):129-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2012.07.003. Epub 2012 Aug 24.

Factors affecting prevention and control of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks in care homes.

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  • 1Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Unit, Health Protection Agency, Liverpool, UK.


We assess the effect of key care quality indicators on viral gastroenteritis outbreaks and control in care homes using mandatory inspection data collected by a non-departmental public body. Outbreak occurrence was associated with care home size but not with overall quality or individual environmental standards. Care home size, hygiene and infection control standard scores were inversely associated with attack rate in residents, whereas delayed reporting to the local public health agency was associated with higher attack rates.

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