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No Fair Warning: An Outbreak Following the 1999 Washington County Fair

Large outbreak of both E. coli and Campylobacter traced to unregulated fairground water supply, 1999; another straightforward outbreak investigation.

 

Objectives: 

  • List the reasons to investigate an outbreak;
  • List and discuss each step in the investigation of an outbreak;
  • Describe the features of an appropriate case definition; and
  • Construct an epidemic curve.
Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
2000
Author (s): 

Richard Dicker

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An Epidemic Disease in South Carolina

Based on Goldberger's studies of pellagra in the Southeastern United States in the 1910s; uses descriptive epidemiology and biologic categories of disease; presented as an unidentified illness (no clinical info) to focus thinking on epidemiologic features.  Good as either introductory (descriptive epi) or wrap-up (epidemiologic reasoning) exercise.

Objectives: 

• Apply the principles of descriptive epidemiology (time, place, person) in the investigation of a disease outbreak;

Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
1947
Author (s): 

Alex Langmuir

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