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Salmonella in the Caribbean

Target Audience

Public health practitioners with knowledge of basic epidemiologic concepts, especially non-epidemiologists; e.g., laboratorians, environmental health specialists, sanitarians, public health nurses, veterinarians, and MPH students.

Learning Objectives

After completing this case study, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms, means of diagnosis, and control of salmonellosis.
  • Describe how Salmonella serotyping can be used in public health practice.
  • Given a disease, describe the desired characteristics of a surveillance system for that disease.
  • Discuss how the inclusion of the laboratory in the surveillance of a disease impacts the characteristics of the surveillance system and the usefulness of the data.
  • Calculate the incidence of a disease if given the number of cases and population size.
  • Characterize a health problem by time, place, and person (e.g., perform the descriptive epidemiology).
  • Create and interpret a graph.
  • Interpret the measure of association for a case-control study.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of basic training in infectious disease epidemiology, descriptive epidemiology, study design, measures of association, and outbreak investigation

Language

English and Spanish

Level

Basic

Time

3 to 4 hours

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits are not available for completing this case study.

Developed By

Jeanette K. Stehr-Green, MD, developed this case study in collaboration with staff from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre; Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with assistance from individuals within the following organizations:

  • National Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch
  • Public Health Practice Program Office, Division of Professional Development and Evaluation

Original Investigation Team

The following individuals investigated the original outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis in Trinidad and Tobago: Lisa Indar-Harrinauth, Nicholas Daniels, Parimi Prabbakar, Clive Brown, Gail Baccus-Taylor, Edward Commissiong, H. Reid, and James Hospedales.

 
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