Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

CDC's New Computer-Based Case Study

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

CDC's New Computer-Based Case Study

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After receiving a call from two university students, health department investigators learn that many more students are sick with vomiting and diarrhea. Do the cases represent an outbreak, and, if so, what is the source? How should the problem be investigated? What can be done to stop it? Work through Gastroenteritis at a University in Texas, a computer-based case study, and help health department investigators find the answers to these questions and more.

Based on a real-life outbreak investigation, this self-instructional, interactive exercise from CDC teaches public health practitioners epidemiologic skills in outbreak investigation and allows them to apply and practice those skills.

Students work through an outbreak investigation from beginning to end. They see photographs and details from the outbreak, answer questions about the investigation, and see the end results. In addition, they can access a variety of tools within the case study including reference materials, Web sites, and special lessons to learn more about epidemiology and foodborne diseases. An interactive interface and an engaging storyline allow students to feel as if they are part of the investigation.

Gastroenteritis at a University in Texas is the third in the Food-borne Disease Outbreak Investigation Case Study Series. …

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