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The role, challenges, and support of pulsenet laboratories in detecting foodborne disease outbreaks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20518445     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, there have been several high-profile nationwide foodborne outbreaks due to enteric organisms in food products, including Salmonella Typhimurium in peanut products, Salmonella Saintpaul in peppers, and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in spinach. PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance, played a key role in detecting each of these outbreaks. PulseNet laboratories use bacterial subtyping methods to rapidly detect clusters of foodborne disease, which are often the first indication that an outbreak is occurring. Rapid outbreak detection reduces ongoing transmission through product recalls, restaurant closures, and other mechanisms. By greatly increasing the sensitivity of outbreak detection, PulseNet allows us to identify and correct problems with our food production and distribution systems that would not otherwise have come to our attention. Annually, millions of potentially preventable cases of foodborne illness result in billions of dollars in lost productivity and health-care expenses. We describe the critical role PulseNet laboratories play in the detection of foodborne outbreaks and discuss current challenges and potential improvements for PulseNet laboratories to more rapidly identify future foodborne outbreaks.
David Boxrud; Timothy Monson; Tracy Stiles; John Besser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)     Volume:  125 Suppl 2     ISSN:  0033-3549     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Rep     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-03     Completed Date:  2010-06-24     Revised Date:  2011-07-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9716844     Medline TA:  Public Health Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-62     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN 55164-0899, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bacterial Typing Techniques / standards*
Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
Food Microbiology
Foodborne Diseases / diagnosis*,  prevention & control
Laboratories / organization & administration*
Sentinel Surveillance
United States
United States Public Health Service / organization & administration*

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