common source outbreak

An outbreak that results from a group of persons being exposed to a common noxious influence, such as an infectious agent or toxin

Public health A mass infection from a single contaminated source

common source outbreak

Epidemiology An outbreak that results from a group of persons being exposed to a common pathogen or toxin Public health A mass infection from a single contaminated source
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Epidemic curve with single peak and moderate duration of about one month is suggestive of the common source outbreak of disease with incubation period of approximately 15 days to one month, which is a similar requisite for typhoid (11).
Objectives include developing and maintaining EWGLINET, enhancing the capability within the EU to detect common source outbreaks early, enabling member states to implement timely preventive action, informing all those that need to know about travel associated Legionnaires' disease to promote primary preventive action and collaborative investigations, and providing a dedicated website for enhancing EWGLI's information resource.
Traditional epidemiologic surveillance alone may not detect many common source outbreaks, particularly if a limited number of cases occur over a wide geographic area (8,9) because of the unique characteristics of human foodborne listeriosis.