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Publisher’s Platform: The Outbreak Database

Hello from Dubai and the Dubai International Food Safety Conference. My speech is Monday at 12:00 and I want to tour a bit, so I’ll keep my platform short today.

 

What I would really like to do is welcome you again to outbreakdatabase.com, a searchable database of illness outbreaks that were caused by one or more of the following:

1. consumption of contaminated foods or beverages,

2. exposure to animals,

3. exposure to contaminated recreational water,

4. person-to-person contact with someone whose illness initiated from animal exposure or consumption of contaminated foods and beverages.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an outbreak as “two or more ill persons linked to a common source” and this serves as the basis of outbreakdatabase.com. To be included in outbreakdatabase.com, the outbreak must have supporting documentation from public health agencies, journal articles, media reports, etc. Names of stores, brands, restaurants, or other sources are listed if they have been publicly identified.

The database is a work in progress. It will continually be updated and revised. Significant effort has been made to ensure the data are accurate. We welcome contributions, corrections, comments, etc.

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