As the summer months bring beachgoers to coastal communities, they also signal the peak season for vibriosis, a disease known to cause thousands of illnesses annually in the United States. This presentation will offer a closer look at Vibrio species and the infections they cause in humans, interviewing tips for shellfish-associated case investigations, and a look at how shellfish traceback data is used to identify outbreaks. You will also catch an exclusive sneak peek of the Washington COE’s new Vibrio Toolkit!
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Diving into Vibrio
ATG, GAC, what can sequencing do for me?
Whole genome sequencing of enteric organisms has enhanced the ability of public health professionals to detect, investigate, and confirm outbreaks. Understanding how sequence data is generated, analyzed, and visualized makes interpreting sequence data more accessible to users outside the laboratory. This course will provide a high-level overview of the topic, taking learners through the sequencing process from test tube to phylogenetic trees, with a focus on why this data matters to foodborne outbreak investigators.
The Role of Environmental Assessments in Outbreak Investigations
Outbreak investigations often involve a partnership between labs, epidemiologists, and food safety professionals. This presentation will help describe how doing an environmental assessment (not an inspection) can impact an investigation. Discovering how the outbreak occurred by determining what the contributing factors and antecedents were will also be discussed.
Every outbreak can be an opportunity to learn something new regarding safer ways to handle foods and how to prevent other outbreaks from happening.
Foodborne Epidemiology: Outbreak and Investigation Review 2020
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 response, foodborne outbreaks continue to occur and require thoughtful, systematic investigation. Whether relatively new to foodborne epidemiology, assisting food safety colleagues during the COVID-19 response, or a veteran foodborne outbreak investigator, we hope that this session can serve as a helpful refresher. We will provide an update on the burden of foodborne illness, review outbreak epidemiology, discuss the key steps involved in a foodborne outbreak investigation, walk through an outbreak scenario, and more!