Investigation of a Dysentery Outbreak at a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Institution in Shilin District, Taipei City, 1997

H.K Lai

1998 Vol.14 NO.11

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On 30 October 1997, 16 cases of diarrhea in a psychiatric rehabilitation institution were reported to the Taipei Health Bureau. On 3 November, a team from the Shilin District Health Center visited the institution to collect rectal swabs for laboratory testing and to disinfect of the environment. To understand the souces of the incident and its route of transmission, the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) was asked to conduct an epidemiological investigation.