States use PulseNet to identify and solve outbreaks
States use PulseNet to identify and solve outbreaks of E. coli
, and other foodborne infections. In many cases, investigations lead to product recalls. As PulseNet celebrates its 20th
anniversary, learn more about how this national laboratory network managed by CDC has helped protect the public’s health.
Innovative Product Testing Method Solves Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk
It is difficult to detect Campylobacter in raw milk, so Utah health agencies collaborated with partners to use a new sampling method to test raw milk for the outbreak strain. Their determination to confirm the source of the outbreak and success of this sampling methods stopped the outbreak and prevented additional illnesses.
Quick Response to Botulism Outbreak Saves Lives
Botulism paralyzes or kills quickly. Just one case is a public health emergency, because it can signal an outbreak. That’s why CDC’s botulism clinical consultation service is on call 24/7.
Whole Genome Sequencing Pinpoints Source of Listeriosis Outbreak
Seven people died and 34 were hospitalized during a multistate listeriosis outbreak in fall 2014. Investigators needed to know which cases of listeriosis were related to find the source of the outbreak. Whole genome sequencing, a laboratory technology that allows for detailed comparison of germs, helped investigators find the source of the outbreak sooner than if they only used traditional lab technologies.
Using Online Restaurant Reviews to Find Local Foodborne Outbreaks
Local health departments detect many foodborne outbreaks through illness complaint systems. The public, however, may not use these systems or may not be aware of them. Staff at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene worked with Columbia University and Yelp, an online review site, to pilot a project to identify foodborne outbreaks that may go undetected through traditional complaint systems.
Asking the Right Questions Quickly from the Beginning
During an already busy summer in 2014, several FoodCORE
centers proved once again to be instrumental during the investigation of a multistate outbreak
infections involving multiple Salmonella
initially detected several ill people with a rare DNA fingerprint of Salmonella
Newport and multiple health departments, including six FoodCORE centers, immediately began working with their federal partners on the investigation.
Stopping a Salmonella Outbreak among Infants in a Nursery
In a quaint town along the South Carolina coast, an otherwise healthy 5 month old girl began to show signs of getting sick. After a few days of diarrhea, her condition worsened, and she started having blood in her stools. Her parents immediately took her to their pediatrician, where a stool sample revealed a Salmonella
“U” niversity Partnerships-at the Core of FoodCORE
It’s hard to imagine that simply having students talk with patients about chicken livers, raw milk, and sprouts could help protect our food supply and save lives, but it’s true. These students have become integral in identifying the culprits in outbreaks of foodborne illness across the country.
PulseNet and Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection
PulseNet was developed after the 1993 E. coli O157
outbreak from hamburgers made 726 people sick and killed 4 children. After the outbreak, more clinical labs began testing ill people for E. coli
and found many more infections—revealing the problem was more serious than originally thought.