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Outbreak investigations are most often initiated by state, local, and territorial public health agencies and by CDC. Outbreaks are reported to CDC, which collects information such as date and location of the outbreak, the number of people who became ill and their symptoms, and the pathogen that caused the outbreak.1,2 Learn More

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References

  1. CDC. About NORS
  2. CDC. Foodborne Illness Surveillance, Response, and Data Systems.
  3. CDC. Investigating Foodborne Outbreaks.
  4. CDC. Attribution of Foodborne Illness.
  5. Gould LH, Walsh KA, Vieira AR, Herman K, Williams IT, Hall AJ, Cole D; Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks — United States, 1998–2008. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2013 Jun 28;62(2):1-34.
  6. CDC. Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Are Deadly Serious – What You Can Do to Avoid Them.
  7. CDC. Food Safety: A Winnable Battle [PDF - 2 pages].
  8. CDC. Investigating Foodborne Outbreaks.
  9. Scallan E, Hoekstra RM, Angulo FJ, Tauxe RV, Widdowson M-A, Roy SL, et al. Foodborne illness acquired in the United States---major pathogens. Emerg Infect Dis 2011;17:1--15.
  10. CDC. Investigating Foodborne Outbreaks.
  11. Gould LH, Walsh KA, Vieira AR, Herman K, Williams IT, Hall AJ, Cole D; Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks — United States, 1998–2008. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2013 Jun 28;62(2):1-34.

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