An Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Among Warehouse Workers

Investigation of an outbreak of gastroenteritis among workers who ate catered food while taking inventory of a warehouse.  Straightforward outbreak investigation case study.

 

Objectives:

  • Develop a case definition for an outbreak of gastroenteritis,
  • Discuss why an epidemiologic study with a comparison group is useful in the investigation of an outbreak,
  • Discuss the types of studies one might conduct in an outbreak setting,
  • Calculate appropriate measures of association for the type of study selected,
  • Conduct a stratified analysis to address possible confounding, and
  • Properly interpret a test of statistical significance and confidence interval.
Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
2005
Author (s): 

Richard Dicker

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