Key Points: Creating a Foodborne Complaint System
Foodborne illness outbreaks are usually detected through one of three ways: pathogen-specific surveillance of reportable diseases, reports of illnesses by healthcare providers or institutions, or consumer complaints of suspected foodborne illness. In Minnesota, foodborne illness outbreak detection and investigation is largely centralized at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH has operated a foodborne illness […]
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Key Points: Creating a Team of Student Workers
MDH epidemiologists oversee a team of 8 to 10 interviewers (“Team Diarrhea”) who are part-time MDH employees hired  from a pool of MPH students at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Each student works approximately 20 hours per week. Team Diarrhea’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p. […]
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Key Points: Investigating Sub-Clusters
Multi-state foodborne outbreaks due to commercially distributed foods are usually first recognized as clusters of cases with isolates that match by PFGE or another subtyping method. When these clusters are investigated by interviewing the cases, there often are groups of cases that identify exposure to the same individual points of service such as restaurants, cafeterias, […]
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