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Volume 18, Number 3—March 2012


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 2

Deaths associated with infections from foodborne and waterborne pathogens or concurrent conditions reported in residents >65 years of age in long-term care facilities and the community, Victoria, Australia, January 2000–December 2009

Pathogen Died of disease Died of concurrent condition Death status unknown No. cases Case-fatality rate*
Legionella pneumophila/other 11 1 169 301 4.0
L. longbeacheae 2 1 0 45 6.7
Listeria monocytogenes 4 9 14 73 17.8
Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium 3 8 183 672 1.6
S. enterica, other serotypes 0 7 177 596 1.2
Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli 1 0 1 12 8.3
Shigella sp. 0 0 10 43 NA

*Per 100 cases. Case-fatality rate for the 10-year study period was calculated by dividing the total number of deaths among case-patients by all case-patients, including those with unknown death status. NA, not applicable.

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