Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch
CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (ORPB) collaborates with epidemiologists and other public health officials who investigate foodborne, waterborne, zoonotic, and other enteric (gastrointestinal) illnesses in the United States. ORPB works to ensure rapid and coordinated surveillance, detection, and response to multistate outbreaks caused by enteric bacteria, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli.
- Coordinate the national network of public health officials who investigate foodborne, waterborne, zoonotic, and other enteric disease outbreaks
- Coordinate the Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) Program: Work with health departments to improve detection of and response to foodborne, waterborne, zoonotic, and other enteric disease outbreaks
- Provide outbreak assistance to state and local health departments and oversee Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) field investigations of enteric disease outbreaks
- Develop, evaluate, and supply outbreak investigation tools and training materials for use by CDC and by local and state health departments
- Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies for the prevention and control of foodborne, waterborne, zoonotic, and other enteric disease outbreaks
- Help plan and conduct the annual Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response Management (InFORM) Conference
In 2013, ORPB monitored between 29 and 41 potential food poisoning or related clusters each week, and investigated more than 220 multistate clusters. These investigations led to the identification of 50 confirmed or suspected vehicles of transmission and the recalls of a variety of foods including frozen pizza snacks, salads, chicken, ground beef, and tahini sesame paste. These investigations inform improvements in industry practices and regulatory changes that make our food safer.