Author Affiliation: Acute and Communicable Disease Program, Oregon Health Division, Portland.
In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Cody and colleagues1
describe investigations of 2 overlapping outbreaks of salmonellosis
that affected residents of northern California; Villar and
colleagues2 describe a similar epidemic in Washington
State. All 3 outbreaks were traced to the consumption of Mexican-style
soft cheese (queso fresco) made from unpasteurized (raw) milk.
These 2 articles provide vivid examples of the importance of outbreak
investigation, as well as the challenges to reducing the incidence of
Keene WE. Lessons From Investigations of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks. JAMA. 1999;281(19):1845-1847. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1845