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Volume 18, Number 3—March 2012

Research

Foodborne and Waterborne Infections in Elderly Community and Long-Term Care Facility Residents, Victoria, Australia

Martyn D. KirkComments to Author , Joy Gregory, Karin Lalor, Gillian V. Hall, and Niels Becker
Author affiliations: Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (M.D. Kirk, G.V. Hall, N. Becker); Department of Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (J. Gregory, K. Lalor)

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Table 1

Incidence rate for reported infections with pathogens possibly transmitted by food or water, Victoria, Australia, January 2000–December 2009*

Pathogen Persons <65 y
Persons >65 y
Total reports
No. cases Rate LTCF residents
Community residents
Missing address/ excluded facility No. cases Rate
No. cases Rate No. cases Rate
Campylobacter sp. 50,444 115.4 215 61.7 6,207 97.6 206 57,072 113.2
Cryptosporidium sp. 4,955 11.3 7 2.0 106 1.7 3 5,071 10.1
Legionella pneumophila/ other 457 1.0 8 2.3 293 4.6 4 762 1.5
L. longbeacheae 49 0.1 0 0.0 45 0.7 0 94 0.2
Listeria monocytogenes† 46 0.1 3 0.9 70 1.1 4 123 0.2
Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium 7,204 16.5 87 25.0 585 9.2 19 7,895 15.7
S. enterica, other serotypes 5,003 11.4 44 12.6 552 8.7 20 5,619 11.1
Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli 56 0.1 0 0.0 12 0.2 1 69 0.1
Shigella sp. 845 1.9 0 0.0 43 0.7 0 888 1.8

*Annual rate of reported infections per 100,000 persons. LTCF, long-term care facility.
†Total listeriosis reports exclude 16 pregnancy-associated infections.

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