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May 19, 1999

Lessons From Investigations of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Acute and Communicable Disease Program, Oregon Health Division, Portland.

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1845-1847. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1845

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 foodborne illness.

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