Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Among Warehouse Workers

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Author(s)
Richard Dicker
Date published
Jan, 2005
Last updated
22 Jan 2020

Summary

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

Learning 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, and
  • Conduct a stratified analysis to address possible confounding, and Properly interpret a test of statistical significance and confidence interval.