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Highlights and Successes

These stories illustrate the work FoodCORE does to advance public health across the United States.

FoodCORE experts work to detect and respond to outbreaks, train professionals and strengthen health systems, and create programs that increase the safety of people's food, water, and environment. Read about some of the specific ways we do this below.

Highlights

Award presented to Quyen Phan, MPH in recognition of exceptional service to OutbreakNet, 2013Spotlight on FoodCORE at the 2013 InFORM Meeting

The Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) meeting is held for the purpose of bringing together laboratorians, epidemiologists and environmental health specialists involved with foodborne and enteric disease outbreak response. FoodCORE members were active participants at the InFORM Meeting in San Antonio on November 18–21, 2013.

Foodcore group photoSpotlight on the 2013 Vision Meeting

Nearly 50 people attended the 2013 FoodCORE Vision Meeting in Atlanta on May 15-16, 2013. There were productive discussions about a variety of topics. The FoodCORE centers were able to develop group consensus about ongoing and upcoming projects, including model practices, metrics reporting and collaborating with partners.

 

Successes

Image of chia seeds and powder.Asking the Right Questions Quickly from the Beginning

During an already busy summer in 2014, several FoodCORE centers proved once again to be instrumental during the investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections – this time involving multiple Salmonella serotypes. PulseNet initially detected several ill people with a rare DNA fingerprint of Salmonella Newport and multiple health departments, including six FoodCORE centers, immediately began working with their federal partners on the investigation.

Baby laying on pillowStopping a Salmonella Outbreak among Infants in a Nursery

In a quaint town along the South Carolina coast, an otherwise healthy 5 month old girl began to show signs of getting sick. After a few days of diarrhea, her condition worsened, and she started having blood in her stools. Her parents immediately took her to their pediatrician, where a stool sample revealed a Salmonella infection.

girl riding an intertube on a lakeWisconsin’s Public Health Sleuths Take to the Lake

In the summer of 2012, a Wisconsin lake was the site of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses. Local public health officials at the Jackson County Health Department were quickly notified of these illnesses and started to investigate the situation. Early on, officials found that many of the sick people had been at the same outdoor recreation area the day before they got ill.

Graphic: FoodNet mapFoodCORE and FoodNet: Complementary Collaborations in Connecticut

In 2012, CDC scientists monitored between 16 and 57 potential food poisoning clusters each week and investigated more than 200 multistate clusters nationwide. Two of CDC's food safety programs partner with 15 jurisdictions to get ahead of stubborn foodborne outbreaks: FoodCORE and FoodNet.

Photo of a cowTennessee Detectives Investigate an Outbreak of Cryptosporidium

In the summer of 2012, public health officials in Tennessee were notified that a group of volunteers were sick with gastroenteritis. The volunteers were from multiple states and had traveled to Tennessee to work on a farm. Tennessee officials collaborated with several other states to figure out what caused the illness.

Graphic: University of FoodCORE logo"U" niversity partnerships-at the core of FoodCORE

It's hard to imagine that simply having students talk with patients about chicken livers, raw milk, and sprouts could help protect our food supply and save lives, but it's true. These students have become integral in identifying the culprits in outbreaks of foodborne illness across the country.

Photo: Computer keyboard keysOhio Uses Social Media to Help Protect People from Norovirus

Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) played a key role in solving a 2012 multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Nchanga infections.

Photo: Raw Scraped Ground TunaHelping Solve Salmonella Outbreak Mysteries

Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) played a key role in solving a 2012 multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Nchanga infections.

Photo: Group picture of New York City's 'Team Salmonella'New York City's "Team Salmonella" Successful in Solving an Outbreak

In August 2011, public health officials began an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in which many cases resided in New York. An in-depth investigation was conducted by the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), who is a partner in the FoodCORE project.

Photo: Blocks of Queso Fresco cheeseUtah Solves a Two-year Outbreak Mystery

For over 2 years, public health officials in Utah struggled with a Salmonella outbreak linked to queso fresco.

 
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