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Steps in an outbreak investigation
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    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.
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    A foodborne outbreak investigation goes through several steps. They are described here in order, but in reality investigations are dynamic and several steps may happen at the same time.

    • Detect a possible outbreak

    • Find cases in an outbreak

    • Generate hypotheses through interviews

    • Test hypotheses through analytic studies and laboratory testing

    • Solve point of contamination and original source of outbreak vehicle

    • Control outbreak through recalls, facility improvements and industry collaboration

    • Decide an Outbreak is over

    Called also: Multistate and nationwide foodborne outbreak Investigations : a step-by-step guide; and: Steps in investigating foodborne outbreaks.


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