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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 27, 2008

Notice to Readers: Release of Computer-Based Case Study: “Salmonella in the Caribbean”

JAMA. 2008;300(8):898. doi:10.1001/jama.300.8.898

MMWR. 2008;57:580

A new computer-based case study, “Salmonella in the Caribbean,” is now available from CDC. This self-instructional, interactive exercise is based on an outbreak investigation conducted in Trinidad and Tobago. The study teaches public health practitioners skills in outbreak investigation and allows them to apply and practice those skills. The study also focuses on the role of surveillance in identifying and characterizing public health problems, developing hypotheses about the problems, and monitoring the effectiveness of control measures.

Salmonella in the Caribbean” is the fourth and final case study in the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation Case Study Series. The Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation series was created for students familiar with basic epidemiologic and public health concepts. Each case study was developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from CDC, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.