Anatomy of a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation

By | February 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

Public health is always hard at work identifying and solving outbreaks. In the case of foodborne diseases, public health epidemiologists, nurses, and lab scientists are teaming up at local, state and federal levels to find out what food made people sick. When two or more people with the same foodborne disease get sick from the [...]

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National Handwashing Awareness Week

By | December 5th, 2016|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified handwashing as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will help protect you from getting sick with things like influenza, a cold, norovirus, and many other unpleasant infections. This week, we're [...]

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More Foodborne Illness in the National News

By | December 16th, 2015|General|

Foodborne illness has been in the news again with a norovirus outbreak striking a Chipotle restaurant and sickening over 100 Boston College students. Norovirus is a highly contagious stomach illness that can cause severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It's pretty uncomfortable, but most people start feeling better a day or two after they [...]

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Norovirus Blooms with the Desert

By | March 15th, 2013|Prevention|

Spring in Arizona is exciting for many reasons. We look forward to warmer weather, beautiful desert blooms, and cactus league baseball. Spring also signals the transition to our norovirus season… which infects about 21 million Americans including hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.  Norovirus inflames the stomach and intestines and causes 24-48 hours of very unpleasant vomiting and diarrhea. [...]