Volume 11, Number 1—January 2005
Capacity of State and Territorial Health Agencies to Prevent Foodborne Illness
|Question||n||% yes||% no||% not sure|
|Does the Epidemiology Office have the ability to receive electronic laboratory reporting of enteric diseases?||48||40||60|
|Do you routinely collect stool samples for testing?||47||98||2|
|Do you routinely collect vomitus for testing?
|Do you have broadcast fax or email capability to: (list all that apply)||48|
|Other health departments within the state||88|
|Hospital infection control specialists||77|
|Hospital emergency rooms||54|
|Other state health departments||40|
|Do you conduct syndromic surveillance for diarrheal disease?||48||15||77||8|
|Do you have adequate capacity to conduct an analytic epidemiologic investigation, i.e., case-control or cohort studies?
|Does your agency have legal authority to:|
|Collect reports of suspected enteric diseases?||48||90||4||6|
|Perform on-the-spot emergency environmental/sanitation inspections?||48||85||4||10|
|Exclude sick or infected employees from food handling duties?||48||83||13||4|
|Share information related to foodborne outbreaks with federal agencies, e.g., USDA, FDA, and CDC?*||47||83||4||13|
|Close a food service facility?||48||81||15||4|
|Collect reports of clinical syndromes?||48||71||19||10|
|Embargo or condemn food?||47||66||11||23|
|Is there a regulation/statute specifically requiring submission of certain enteric isolates to the public health laboratory?||48||54||38||8|
|Does the department of health have a protocol to guarantee chain of custody for food environmental specimens?||48||35||48||17|
*USDA, United States Department of Agriculture; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.