Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Homes: Learning Modules for Staff


Respiratory and gastroenteritis outbreaks occur in long-term care homes throughout the year but are more common from the fall to early spring. These outbreaks can lead to substantial morbidity and mortality and are disruptive and costly.

Early detection along with the timely implementation of outbreak control can effectively minimize transmission of infection to prevent or more quickly bring an outbreak under control.

In the past, the TBDHU has offered annual outbreak management workshops. These online modules will replace the workshop in order to reach more staff in a convenient format. Facilities can also tailor training to meet the educational needs of specific staff.

The modules have been developed specifically for implementation in LTCHs. However, the guidelines can be implemented, in principle, in other settings including retirement homes. Public health nurses are available for consultation by calling 625-8318 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)

The information contained in the modules is referenced and based on the guidelines available as of October 2017.



We welcome your feedback on the use of the modules. If you have any questions or comments OR are interested in completing a short survey, please contact us.

You can also call (807) 625-8318 or toll-free 1-888-294-6630 ext. 8318 to speak to a member of the Infectious Disease team. The TBDHU values your input and will take your comments into consideration as it continues to review and update the modules.


Module 1: Transmission (How Germs Spread)

Download Module 1: PDF


Module 2: Outbreaks – An Overview

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Modules 3: General Infection Control Measures

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Module 4: Specific Infection Control Measures

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Module 5: Line Listing and Specimen Collection

Download Module 5: PDF


Module 6: Respiratory Outbreaks – Including Influenza

Download Module 6: PDF


Modules 7: Gastroenteritis Outbreaks – Including Norovirus

Download Module 7: PDF


For Further Information

Call the Infectious Disease program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 05/05/2021