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Forms & Guidance

The data entry forms and guidance on this page are intended for use by staff at local, state, and territorial health departments who complete outbreak reports for submission to CDC. The data entry forms are available as fillable PDFs for completion by health jurisdictions that do not have direct access to NORS and therefore need to send a written report to their NORS administrators.

For guidance regarding the reporting process within a particular jurisdiction, users should contact their designated Reporting Site Administrators or Agency Administrators. Additional instructions for entering data are posted in Training Materials.

Waterborne Disease Outbreaks (enteric, non-enteric)

Forms for collecting data on waterborne disease outbreaks before entering into NORS

Guidance documents

Please note: This guidance does not reflect the current version of the NORS interface. A new version will be posted in 2016.

  • NORS-Water Guidance Document [77 pages] – Guidance for completing the water-specific sections of the CDC 52.12 form and the corresponding sections of the NORS electronic outbreak report form. See the NORS guidance for foodborne and enteric outbreak reporting (CDC 52.13 form) below for more information on how to complete the general section of waterborne disease outbreak reports.

Archived reporting forms

Foodborne Disease Outbreaks and Enteric Disease Outbreaks Transmitted by Contact with Persons, Animals, or Environmental Sources, or by an Unknown Mode

Forms for collecting data on foodborne disease outbreaks and all enteric disease outbreaks (other than waterborne) before entering into NORS

For a fillable version of the NORS Form (CDC 52.13), please email the CDC NORS Team.  

Guidance documents

  • National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) Guidance [40 pages] – Guidance for completing all sections of the CDC 52.13 form and the corresponding sections of the NORS electronic outbreak report form. Refer to this document for guidance on the General section of waterborne disease outbreak reports.
  • Appendix A [1 page]: Mode of Transmission for Certain Beverages and Foods or Drinks Containing Ice
  • Appendix B [9 pages]: Reporting Foodborne and Animal Contact Multistate Exposure and Residency Outbreaks

  • Appendix C [1 page]: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests and Other Requests for NORS Data
  • Appendix D: NORS Guidance for Contributing Factors (CF) in Foodborne Outbreak Reports. For a copy of appendix D, please email the CDC NORS Foodborne team.
  • Appendix E [3 pages]: Available Picklist Values

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