Prompt recognition, response, and reporting of suspected outbreaks of communicable disease is essential to prevent transmission for the protection of others. The primary objective in outbreak management is to protect public health by identifying the source and implementing control measures promptly to prevent further spread of infection. The investigation and management of outbreaks and implementation of necessary control measures requires multidisciplinary expertise through a risk assessment and collaboration.
Where 2 or more people are experiencing a similar illness (that are linked in time or place) in your setting, this may be an outbreak and should be reported to:
Infection Prevention and Control Service
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Telephone: 0151 604 7750
Email: [email protected]
At weekends and on Bank Holidays 9am to 5pm (or after 5pm for urgent queries that cannot wait until the next working day) contact UKHSA local Health Protection Team (out of hours):
Tel: 0151 434 4819