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Did You Know that 98% of reported foodborne disease outbreaks involved only one state? State, local and territorial public health departments have the primary responsibility for identifying and investigating outbreaks and voluntarily reporting outbreaks to CDC through a web-based program, the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). For foodborne outbreaks, NORS interfaces with the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System to collect information, such as:

  • Date and location of the foodborne outbreak
  • Number of people who became ill and their symptoms
  • Food implicated in the outbreak
  • Setting where the food was prepared and eaten
  • Pathogen that caused the outbreak

Below you will find select information and resources geared toward public health and medical professionals working in food safety. Information on this site will continue to be updated.

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