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Evolving the definition of an 'outbreak'

from Quality Assurance & Food Safety

Gone are the days of the potluck supper being representative of a big outbreak. Not only did an outbreak in those pre-PulseNet days need to “big” for it to be identified, but pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), which was commonly used for detection, had distinct limitations. Today, whole genome sequencing (WGS) is revolutionizing investigations into foodborne illness in a way that goes beyond anything PFGE could do. But with this new technology, is it time to update our definition of an outbreak? more


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