FoodCORE Center: Utah
Program OverviewThe Utah Department of Health works with state and local partners, including twelve local health departments, Unified State Laboratories: Public Health, and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, to improve foodborne outbreak detection and response through improved epidemiologic, laboratory, and environmental health capacity.
“With the support of FoodCORE, Utah established an enteric team comprised of public health professionals and dedicated students. Our team not only enhances routine interviewing and surveillance—we mobilize and hit the ground running launching rapid, coordinated outbreak response efforts.”
Marilee O’Connor, FoodCORE Project Director and Epidemiologist
In February 2013, the Utah Department of Health enteric team launched igotsick.health.utah.gov , Utah’s first statewide foodborne complaint system. “Igotsick” reaches out to members of the public who have a foodborne illness but did not seek medical care or submit a stool sample. Gathering this information may assist in identifying outbreaks more rapidly. This system could also provide critical exposure information to support investigations. Additionally, “Igotsick” will help local health departments easily share information with others and record follow-up activity in a standardized way.
People who use “Igotsick” can confidentially and securely share information about their symptoms, foods eaten during the exposure period, and places visited. The reports are automatically sent to the appropriate health department for them to follow-up with sick people as needed to prevent future illness.