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PulseNet USA
PulseNet USA consists of 87 laboratories. More

PulseNet International
PulseNet International consists of 83 countries. More

Since 1996, PulseNet has connected foodborne illness cases together, using DNA "fingerprinting" of the bacteria making people sick, in order to detect and define outbreaks. PulseNet has detected thousands of local and multi-state outbreaks since it began, leading to prevention opportunities and continuous improvements in our food safety systems that might not otherwise have occurred. Since "foodborne illnesses do not respect any borders," PulseNet International performs a similar role for worldwide foodborne illnesses. More

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Photo: Lab tech looking in microscopeFrequently Asked Questions

Since 1996, PulseNet has connected foodborne illness cases together, using DNA "fingerprinting"…

 

The scientist takes bacterial cells from an agar plateSlideshow: How PulseNet Works

PulseNet quickly finds outbreaks by connecting similar cases of foodborne illness…

Photo: DNA WhitePulseNet in Action

PulseNet was created so that scientists could rapidly compare DNA of bacteria known to cause foodborne outbreaks…

The gel is stained so that DNA can be seen under ultraviolet (UV) light. A digital camera takes a photograph of the gel and stores the picture in the computerFast Facts

In 2012, laboratories reported over 60,000 isolates to PulseNet

 
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