A respiratory outbreak exists when you have at least two or more cases of acute respiratory tract illness occurring within 48 hours in a specific unit or ward, etc. in the same facility.
Symptoms of a respiratory illness:
- Fever/abnormal body temperature (a temperature less than or equal to 35.5°C OR greater than or equal to 37.5°C)
- Runny nose/sneezing
- Sore throat/hoarseness
- Nasal congestion