Outbreak Response Team
The Outbreak Response Team works to ensure rapid, coordinated detection and response to multistate outbreaks of enteric diseases and promote comprehensive outbreak surveillance. It also seeks to improve the collaboration and partnership among officials in local, state, and federal agencies who work with foodborne and diarrheal disease outbreak surveillance and response.
What We Do
CDC's Outbreak Response Team collaborates with the national network of epidemiologists and other public health officials who investigate outbreaks of foodborne, waterborne, and other enteric illnesses in the United States. We work in partnership with U.S. state and local health departments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and PulseNet, a national surveillance network led by CDC that is made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory agency laboratories that perform pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) on bacteria that may be foodborne. The results of these PFGE analyses and other work help the Outbreak Response Team and our partners identify outbreaks and take appropriate steps to control them.
Who We Are
The Outbreak Response Team is one part of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Learn more about the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Our goal is to have rapid and coordinated detection and response to outbreaks of enteric bacterial infections.