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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 25, 2013

News Media and Electronic Alerts Aided Cyclospora Outbreak Efforts

JAMA. 2013;310(12):1218. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277387

News media, Twitter, and an electronic health department newsletter mobilized health professionals to help quell a recent Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa.

Before this year, only 10 infections with the coccidian parasite had ever been reported in the state. So when 6 cases were reported in a matter of days in late June and early July, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a special alert through its electronic newsletter, EPI Update. In addition to public health officials and health care professionals, newsletter readers included news media, which reported the story statewide.