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!
Nicole Marshall, MPH
Foodborne and Enteric Disease Epidemiologist
Washington State Department of Health
- Define what an outbreak is and describe how to identify one
- Identify who is on the outbreak team and describe what they do – roles and relationships
- Understand the basic steps of a foodborne outbreak
- Identify available tools and resources