Guidelines for foodborne disease outbreak response. 3rd ed.
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Guidelines for foodborne disease outbreak response. 3rd ed.

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    cdc:23373 Foodborne diseases and outbreaks remain a substantial cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide. It is estimated that over 9 million cases of foodborne illness occur in the United States each year. Of these, only a small fraction are associated with recognized outbreaks. It is widely believed, however, that outbreaks are substantially under-recognized and under-reported, and as our ability to detect and investigate clusters of illness improves, the proportion that are due to outbreaks or an identified source will inevitably increase. This is of great importance, as outbreaks provide an opportunity to identify food safety practices, environmental and other contributing factors, clarify attribution of illness to specific commodities, and improve mitigation and prevention of future events. The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Investigations (CIFOR) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of national associations and federal agencies working together since 2006 to improve methods to detect, investigate, control and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks. Council members represent large agencies and groups with substantial expertise in epidemiology, environmental health, public health laboratory activities and food regulation at the local, state and federal levels. While a variety of discipline-specific materials are available, these Guidelines are intended to be a unique resource combining the perspectives of multiple disciplines and jurisdictional levels, emphasizing the importance of teamwork, coordination, and communication that are critical for rapid, efficient and successful outbreak response. This 3rd Edition of these Guidelines provides important updates and a more streamlined format compared to earlier versions. It also addresses rapid and continuing changes in many aspects of food safety, including laboratory technology, data sharing, improved disease detection methods, increasing centralization of food production, and changing eating habits. The first edition of the Guidelines was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U38HM000414-01 from CDC. The second edition was supported by Cooperative Agreement Numbers 1U38HM000414-05 and 1U38OT000143-01 from CDC. The third edition was supported by Cooperative Agreement Numbers 5U38OT000143‐05 and 1 NU38OT000297-01-00 from CDC. The findings and conclusions in this document are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. CIFOR-Guidelines-Complete-third-Ed.-FINAL.pdf
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    1. The Evolving Challenge of Foodborne Outbreak Response -- 2. Legal Preparedness for the Surveillance and Control of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks -- 3. Planning and Preparation: Building Team -- 4. Foodborne Illness Surveillance and Outbreak Detection -- 5. Cluster and Outbreak Investigation -- 6. Control Measures and Prevention -- 7. Special Considerations for Multijurisdictional Outbreaks -- 8. Performance Metrics for Foodborne Illness Programs.
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