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Webinar Training to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Outbreak Reports

Since 2011, NORS has presented webinars to over 500 people. Learn More

Better Reporting through Training

CDC's outbreak reporting team trains NORS users how to improve the quantity and quality of outbreak reports. Since 2011, they have presented webinars to over 500 people on topics ranging from restaurant-associated outbreaks to reporting guidelines for multistate outbreaks.

CDC provides two tools for reporting and accessing outbreak information.

  1. State, local, and territorial public health departments investigate outbreaks then report their findings using the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS).
  2. CDC verifies the data from the health department, analyzes it for trends, and makes it available for public access through the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD).

Training for the  National Outbreak Reporting System 

General

How to log into NORS, create new outbreak reports, and complete the general sections for all outbreak reports.  More

Foodborne

How to enter reports of outbreaks associated with food. More… [PDF - 22 pages]

Waterborne

How to complete reports of outbreaks associated with water. More…

Person-to-Person

How to enter reports of outbreaks associated with person-to-person contact. More

Outbreaks

How to enter reports of outbreaks associated with other modes of transmission. More

Learning about the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD)

General

What FOOD is, why CDC developed FOOD, how to access the database, information about FOOD data. More

How it Works

Examples of how the database works, search tips, acceptable uses of FOOD data, citation information. More

Common Questions

Searching for specific foods, interpreting the data fields, downloading data. More

CDC's outbreak reporting team train NORS users how to improve the quantity and quality of outbreak reports. Since 2011, they have presented webinars to over 500 people on topics ranging from restaurant-associated outbreaks to reporting guidelines for multistate outbreaks.

Learn More about Foodborne Outbreak Tracking and Reporting

 
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