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Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Outbreak Investigations

	Dr. Julia Gargano (CDC) develops  a survey sampling frame following a community water emergency in Alabama, 2010

Dr. Julia Painter (CDC; EIS 2013) and Michael Gronostaj (CDC; PMR 2013) with a team investigating a cryptosporiodiosis outbreak in Oregon, 2013

Outbreak investigations result from requests for epidemiological assistance within the United States and throughout the world. Requests to assist with emergency responses, investigate infectious and environmental disease outbreaks, and quantify impact of diseases are examples of these responses. Sometimes these requests come in the form of an “Epi-Aid,” which is a mechanism CDC uses for public health authorities to request short-term epidemiologic assistance.

Our global investigations are conducted in collaboration with international partners, such as ministries of health and the World Health Organization, as well as CDC's Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response program.

The investigations below were conducted by the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers. The investigations that resulted from an official Epi-Aid request include the Epi-Aid number—the way all Epi-Aids are tracked by CDC. When available, investigations also include articles and information published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and on CDC web pages.

 

Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch Outbreak Investigations

2015

  • Outbreak of cholera – Tanzania
    • October – December 2015
  • Cholera preparedness in the wake of severe flooding – Sierra Leone
    • October 2015
  • Outbreak of cholera – Kenya
    • June – August 2015 (Epi-Aid 2015-028)
  • Outbreak of Ebola virus disease – West Africa (Sierra Leone and Mali)
    • January – February 2015
    • August – September 2015
	CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer’s Dr. Rupa Narra (CDC; EIS 2014) and Dr. Kathryn Curran (CDC; EIS 2014), and Dr. Michelle Parsons (CDC) learn about cholera rapid diagnostic test kits in Kenya, 2015.

CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer’s Dr. Rupa Narra (CDC; EIS 2014) and Dr. Kathryn Curran (CDC; EIS 2014), and Dr. Michelle Parsons (CDC) learn about cholera rapid diagnostic test kits in Kenya, 2015.

	CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Dr. Katharine Benedict (CDC; EIS 2015) assists with Ebola prevention efforts in Sierra Leone, 2015.

CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Dr. Katharine Benedict (CDC; EIS 2015) assists with Ebola prevention efforts in Sierra Leone, 2015.

2014

  • Ebola virus disease preparedness training – Cameroon, The Gambia
    • November – December 2014
  • Ebola virus disease preparedness training – Alabama
    • September – October 2014
  • Outbreak of Ebola virus disease – West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali)
    • July – December 2014
  • Outbreak of diarrheal disease of unknown etiology – American Samoa
    • June 2014 (Epi-Aid 2014-055)
	CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Dr. Karlyn Beer (CDC; EIS 2014) shows two housekeepers how to mix chlorine in water for proper handwashing to protect against Ebola in Liberia, 2014.

CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Dr. Karlyn Beer (CDC; EIS 2014) shows two housekeepers how to mix chlorine in water for proper handwashing to protect against Ebola in Liberia, 2014.

	Dr. Julia Painter (CDC; EIS 2013) examines a stool sample while investigating an outbreak of diarrheal illness in American Samoa, 2014.

Dr. Julia Painter (CDC; EIS 2013) examines a stool sample while investigating an outbreak of diarrheal illness in American Samoa, 2014.

	Dr. Rupa Narra (CDC; EIS 2014) teaches local healthcare workers basic Ebola infection control and prevention measures in a small border health post in Guinea, 2014.

Dr. Rupa Narra (CDC; EIS 2014) teaches local healthcare workers basic Ebola infection control and prevention measures in a small border health post in Guinea, 2014.

2013

  • Public health response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
    • December 2013 (Epi-Aid 2014-024)
  • Cryptosporidiosis outbreak, Oregon
    • August 2013 (Epi-Aid 2013-072)

2012

2011

2010

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