Gantt display of temporal patterns of gastroenteritis outbreaks. The varying shades of blue background represent hospitals within each NHS trust and each horizontal line represents an inpatient unit. Blue sections are 'outbreak-free periods' and orange sections are 'outbreak periods' (from the 1st to the last date of onset). A high degree of temporal clustering can be observed in all Trusts. In other words, outbreaks do not often appear in isolation but rather many units are affected sequentially.