Working With States
Sequencers in every state
State public health laboratories and other partners are also implementing new methods, such as sequencing to detect and investigate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. Routine DNA sequencing is providing state public health laboratories with the capacity to detect more outbreaks and stop them when they are smaller. By the end of 2018, it is expected that most PulseNet laboratories will have implemented whole genome sequencing for foodborne disease investigation.
OutbreakNet Enhanced expands to 26 sites
OutbreakNet Enhanced is a CDC program that helps state and local health departments improve their capacity to detect, investigate, control, and respond to enteric disease outbreaks. The program expanded from 18 to 26 sites in 2017.
FoodCORE shares experiences and successes
FoodCORE is a CDC program that funds 10 state and local health departments to develop new and better methods to detect, investigate, and control outbreaks of foodborne diseases. In 2017, the FoodCORE centers published a success story on their experiences adapting to culture-independent diagnostic tests and a model practice on strategies for improving team communication and collaboration.
InFORM conference draws over 640 attendees from across the U.S. and 9 countries
CDC and partners held the Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) conference in November 2017. The biennial conference drew the largest number of attendees in the meeting’s history, with over 640 laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, environmental health professionals, and communicators from state and local health departments in the United States, as well as from nine other countries. Participants discussed the changing landscape of enteric disease surveillance, outbreak detection, and response.