issues guidelines for foodborne disease outbreak response
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7/22/2009-The Council to
Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) has released its “Guidelines
for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response.” The guidelines in this document
are targeted to local, state, and federal agencies and provide model
practices used in foodborne disease outbreaks, including planning,
detection, investigation, control, and prevention. Local and state agencies
vary in their approach to, experience with, and capacity to respond to
foodborne disease outbreaks. The guidelines are intended to give all
agencies a common foundation from which to work and to provide examples of
the key activities that should occur during the response to outbreaks of
foodborne disease. The guidelines were developed by a broad range of
contributors from local, state, and federal agencies with expertise in
epidemiology, environmental health, laboratory science, and communications.
The document has gone through a public review and comment process.
“It is our hope that this
document will be useful to investigators at all levels in improving
outbreak investigations and serve as a platform for developing local and
agency specific policies and additional tools to support these critical
public health activities,” said Tim Jones, Tennessee State Epidemiologist
and Co-chair of CIFOR.
The document is not
intended to replace current procedure manuals for responding to outbreaks.
Instead, it is designed to be used as a reference document for comparison
with existing procedures; to fill in gaps and update site-specific
procedures; to provide models for new procedures where they do not
exist; and to provide training to program staff.
“Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response”