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A Cluster of Botulism Cases in Uzbekistan

Investigation of a cluster of botulism cases among guests who attended a social gathering at a home in Uzbekistan on December 31, 2003.  Straightforward outbreak investigation case study with only 24 attendees and 8 foods, but addresses botulism as a possible bioterrorism agent.

 

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Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
Uzbekistan
Year: 
2005
Author (s): 

Richard Dicker

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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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Outbreak of Group A Pharyngitis in Louisiana

Investigation of an outbreak of Streptococcal pharyngitis traced to foodborne transmission at a school banquet. Case study requires use of Epi Info and two small data files.

 

Objectives:

Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
1994
Author (s): 

Jeanette Stehr-Green and Richard Dicker

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An Outbreak of Gastroenteritis at a Hotel Banquet

 

Straightforward, thorough investigation of an outbreak among attendees of a company holiday dinner held at a hotel in Virginia in 2004. Case study addresses each of the steps of an outbreak investigation.

 

 

Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
United States
Year: 
2003
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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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