Management of gastroenteritis infections in shelters, drop-ins, and social housing facilities

Gastroenteritis is an infection which irritates the stomach and may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Sometimes called "stomach flu," it is not caused by the influenza or "flu" virus. Germs like viruses and bacteria can cause it. Norovirus, Salmonella, and Shigella are examples of viruses or bacteria that can cause illness. They can be easily spread from person to person.

Gastrointestinal outbreaks can happen year-round but are more common in the colder months.

This toolkit, for operators of supported housing, provides guidance on prevention, cleaning, and what to do if a staff or resident becomes ill. If clients or staff have bloody diarrhea, or severe diarrhea, please recommend they see a health-care provider who may recommend testing to find out if they need antibiotic treatment.

Download the Gastroenteritis infections toolkit

Do you have questions about GI illness in your facility?

Contact the VCH CDC at (604) 675-3900 and ask to speak to a Communicable Disease Environmental Health Officer (CD EHO) for guidance.