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OutbreakNet Team

OutbreakNet Overview

food at a produce marketThe role of the OutbreakNet Team is to conduct national surveillance on foodborne infections and outbreaks of foodborne illness and to assist in the investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks that take place in the United States or affect its population.

Foodborne illness is caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals that are found in food and beverages and enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract. Although usual symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, there is not a single set of symptoms attributable to all foodborne illness. more

Reporting a Foodborne Illness

OutbreakNet Highlights

bullet arrow 2006 Annual Listing of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks, United States pdf icon PDF 886KB
bullet arrow Turtle-Associated Salmonellosis in Humans --- United States, 2006--2007. MMWR Weekly, July 6, 2007 / 56(26);649-652.
bullet arrow Botulism Associated with Canned Chili Sauce, July 2007
bullet arrow Salmonella Wandsworth Outbreak Investigation, June - July 2007
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A Waterborne Outbreak of Gastroenteritis with Multiple Etiologies among Resort Island Visitors and Residents: Ohio,2004. O’Reilly CE, Bowen AB, Perez NE, Sarisky JP, Shepherd CA, Miller MD, Hubbard BC, Herring M, Buchanan SD, Fitzgerald CC, Hill V, Arrowood MJ, Xiao LX, Hoekstra M, Mintz ED, Lynch MF, and the Outbreak Working Group. Clinicial Infectious Disease 2007:44, February 15. (Free access article)
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Surveillance for Foodborne-Disease Outbreaks --- United States, 1998--2002. MMWR Weekly, November 10, 2006 / 55(SS10);1-34.
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Case Report Form for Listeriosispdf icon PDF 377K
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Additional links concerning viral and parasitic diseases:

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Epi Info

Resources for Foodborne Disease Surveillance and Investigation

bullet arrow Foodborne Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation Toolkit
bullet arrow Outbreak Surveillance Data


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Content Source: National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED)
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