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The Waterborne Disease and Outbreak Surveillance System (WBDOSS) and the National Outbreak Surveillance System (NORS) : a comparison of data fields using CDC form 52.12

  • Published Date:

    February 2008

  • Series:
    Drop of news … ; February 2008 Supplement
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    The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) will replace both the Waterborne Disease & Outbreak Surveillance System (WBDOSS) and the Electronic Foodborne Outbreak Reporting System (eFORS). This document will go through the sections of the current waterborne outbreak reporting form (CDC 52.12) to demonstrate some of the changes that you will see with the new reporting form and electronic system. Please note that this is just a brief overview. There will be more resources available for training and support in the coming months. The new reporting system will be set up differently than the current CDC 52.12 form. It will have more fields than the CDC 52.12 and the corresponding paper form will have more pages. Entering information in NORS will be voluntary for almost all of the variables on the form. The main reason for the added length is that there will be separate sections for the four main water venues (recreational- treated water, recreational- untreated water, water intended for drinking, and water not intended for drinking/water of unknown intent), created in response to the fact that covering all of these possibilities using combined sections within one form was the single greatest area of confusion for users of the form. We have also added some new variables to NORS in response to multiple written comments on the existing form which demonstrated that our variables were not inclusive enough to fully characterize waterborne outbreaks. For example, the water sample data tables have been expanded (e.g. there are defined fields for sample volume and temperature) and tailored for the four water venues (e.g. the recreational– treated water section contains fields for recording disinfectant levels whereas the recreational—untreated water section does not).
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