Acute Renal Failure and a Long Night in Haiti

An outbreak of acute renal failure deaths among children in Haiti, eventually traced to paracetamol contaminated with diethylene glycol.

 

Objectives:

  • Describe the questions and decisions to be addressed before departing on a field investigation;
  • List the steps of an outbreak investigation;
  • List the components of a case definition;
  • Discuss the role of epidemiologic evidence in public health decision-making.
Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
Haiti
Year: 
1997
Author (s): 

Richard Dicker and Linda Dicker

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