FoodCORE model practice : initial case-patient interviewing
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      Interviewing case-patients about where and what they ate in the days or weeks before they got sick is a critical component to hypothesis generation during an outbreak investigation. Interviews can also identify high-risk case-patients who could spread their infections to others (e.g., food handlers, day care workers or attendees, healthcare workers). During interviews, case-patients can also receive information about risky exposures and how to protect themselves and others. The FoodCORE Model Practice: Initial Case-patient Interviewing is intended to describe the basic practices and characteristics of conducting comprehensive interviews for all enteric disease case-patients upon initial identification or first contact, not just those identified as part of a local cluster or multistate cluster. The activities described would be applicable for various pathogens but are focused on those that are likely transmitted via food. Depending on jurisdictional resources, attempts should be made to interview all identified case-patients with enteric disease to ascertain an exposure history. This model practice describes successful triage and routing of case reporting and the process of attempting interviews with case-patients, recommends categories and elements identified as essential to ascertain during an initial enteric disease interview, and provides a checklist to determine alignment of initial interview practices with the FoodCORE model practice. CS296985-A Initial-Case-patient-Interviewing.pdf
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