Workshop Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Describe the desirable skills and knowledge available through a foodborne disease outbreak investigation and control team.
Recognize a possible foodborne outbreak through reports to a notification/complaint system or pathogen-specific surveillance.
Generate hypotheses about the source of an outbreak using information on causative agents, the implicated facility, the descriptive epidemiology of cases, and case interviews.
Describe how the contributing factors in an outbreak are related to the causative agent, the suspect food, and food preparation setting.
Explain terms used in epidemiology such as case-control and cohort study, relative risk, odds ratio, and measure of association.
List important considerations in the collection and submission of clinical and food specimens to the laboratory.
Identify ways to improve communications between members of the outbreak investigation team.