Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
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August 20, 2014
- The Chicago Department of Public Health and civic partners have created Foodborne Chicago, a web-based project that allows residents to report, via the website, food poisoning from restaurants.
- The project also searches Twitter for tweets relating to food poisoning in Chicago and replies to the tweets with a link to the website.
- In 10 months, the project processed 193 complaints, resulting in 133 restaurant inspections, with serious violations found in 54 of the restaurants.
June 9, 2014
- The Nashville Metro Public Health Department identified exclusion of ill food workers as a key measure in preventing foodborne norovirus outbreaks in food service settings.
- The Minnesota Department of Health instituted a Foodborne Illness Complaint Hotline to more readily identify outbreaks, leading to more timely investigations.
October 5, 2011
- 96% of foodborne outbreaks reported by public health agencies in the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) occurred at the county level (2004–2008).
- Colorado investigators rapidly identified cantaloupes as the cause of a recent outbreak of Listeria infections – the first listeriosis outbreak associated with melons.
- Local, state, and federal investigators used PulseNet data to link a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections this past summer to ground turkey.
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- Page last updated: November 9, 2015
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