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During a multistate foodborne disease outbreak, CDC serves as lead coordinator between public health partners to detect the outbreak, define its size and extent, and to identify the source.

Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

Foodborne Outbreaks Topics

Multistate Outbreaks

List of Foodborne Outbreaks, CDC’s Role, Foodborne Illness Q & A, MMWR Reports...

Surveillance and Reporting

Outbreak Surveillance, Reporting Systems, Outbreak Tools...

Investigating Outbreaks

Guide to Investigating Outbreaks, Reporting Foodborne Illness, Laboratory Resources...

Prevention and Education

Preventing Future Outbreaks, Educational Materials and Resources, Conferences...

Recent Outbreak Investigations

Foodborne Outbreaks



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Steps in Investigating Foodborne Outbreaks

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November 17-20, 2015
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Brings together laboratorians, epidemiologists, and environmental health specialists involved with outbreak response.

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