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pulsenet logo, pfge fingerprint, woman using computer, woman using lab equipmentPulseNet is a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The network consists of: state health departments, local health departments, and federal agencies (CDC, USDA/FSIS, FDA).

PulseNet participants perform standardized molecular subtyping (or “fingerprinting”) of foodborne disease-causing bacteria by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). PFGE can be used to distinguish strains of organisms such as Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Shigella, Listeria, or Campylobacter at the DNA level. DNA “fingerprints,” or patterns, are submitted electronically to a dynamic database at the CDC. These databases are available on-demand to participants—this allows for rapid comparison of the patterns.

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arrow list bullet Detect foodborne disease case clusters by PFGE Innovations in American Government Award winner logo
arrow list bullet Allow for real-time communication among state, local health departments, and international partners
arrow list bullet Facilitate early identification of common source outbreaks
arrow list bullet Help food regulatory agencies identify areas where implementation of new measures are likely to increase the safety of our food supply
Date: November 19, 2008
Content source: National Center for Infectious Diseases
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