Foodborne Outbreaks 101- Introduction to Outbreak Investigations
This session will explore how the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) uses epidemiologic, traceback, and food and environmental testing data to investigate and solve multistate foodborne outbreaks. Speakers will present a unique perspective about how CDC and its federal, state, and local partners assess these data to find the likely source of these outbreaks, and reasons why CDC takes action, such as warning the public, when there is clear and convincing information linking illness to a contaminated food.
- How CDC detects and investigates multistate foodborne outbreaks, including the increasing use and implications of whole genome sequencing.
- How CDC decides when and what to communicate about multistate outbreaks.
- How CDC collaborates with the food industry during multistate outbreaks, including recent and upcoming improvements to this collaboration.
- Art Liang, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Food Safety, CDC
- Matthew Wise, MPH, Ph.D., Outbreak Response Team Lead, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Laura Burnworth, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention