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CDC Launches Improved Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled a redesigned online foodborne outbreak research tool that can access 20 years' worth of foodborne illness data. The new Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) features interactive maps, graphs and tables. The tool also allows users to search by specific foods and ingredients, view a "quick stats" display and receive case counts for multistate outbreaks. Users can search the database by year, state, location of food preparation, food and ingredient and cause to receive information on the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, deaths, the germ and the cause-confirmed or suspected. CDC retrieves data for the new tool from its Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, which captures information caused by intestinal, bacterial, viral, parasitic and chemical agents.

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