Conducting Traceback Investigations (FOCUS, Volume 3.3)
Length: 40 minutes
This issue of FOCUS covers the basics of conducting a traceback investigation, a process used to determine the production and distribution chain of a vehicle implicated as the source of an outbreak.
These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital, and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.
- Describe the basic steps of conducting a traceback investigation.
- Identify when it is appropriate to conduct a trackeback investigation.
- Provide examples of recent outbreak investigations that have used traceback investigations.
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|4) Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|4) Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
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Breuer T, Benkel DH, Shapiro RL, et al. A multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H57 linked to alfalfa sprouts grown from contaminated seeds. Emerg Infect Dis. 2001;7:977-982.
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Jeanette K. Stehr-Green, MD
Paul A. Stehr-Green, DrPH, MPH
Amy Nelson, PhD, MSPH
Kim Brunette, MPH
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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