In January 2013, we conducted a voluntary, anonymous, internet-based survey of public health officials who are responsible for entering foodborne disease outbreak data into NORS at US state and territory health departments.
During the past few years, our communities have been hit hard with natural disasters and a number of large multistate foodborne disease outbreaks. NEHA has taken a proactive role by providing the training needed to prepare our workforce for emergency response, which could mean response and recovery to a natural disaster or a coordinated response to a foodborne disease outbreak.
NARMS retail meat surveillance data is a relatively novel and useful tool to help link an outbreak strain with a particular brand and should be considered in future foodborne disease outbreak investigations.
We analyzed foodborne disease outbreak data to determine associations between food commodities and serotypes to help inform future outbreak investigations, foodborne illness source attribution analyses, and control measures.