During a multistate foodborne disease outbreak, CDC serves as lead coordinator between public health partners to detect the outbreak, define its size and extent, and to identify the source.
Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.
List of Foodborne Outbreaks, CDC’s Role, Foodborne Illness Q & A, MMWR Reports, Annual Summaries
Outbreak Surveillance, Reporting Systems, Questionnaires and Tools
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Outbreak investigations play a key role in preventing future outbreaks.