Volume 14, Number 2—February 2008
Timeliness of Enteric Disease Surveillance in 6 US States
|Timeline event||Median no. days after symptom onset
|Salmonella spp.||Shigella spp.||Campylobacter spp.||E. coli O157|
|Collection of stool sample||4||2||3||3|
|Stool culture result||7||6||8||5|
|Case report from clinician to health department||9||8||9||7|
|Submission of isolate to public health laboratory||10||8||10||8|
|PFGE* subtyping||18||21||Not routinely performed||15|
*PFGE, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.
1The Enteric Disease Investigation Timeline Study Work Group consisted of Patrick McConnon, Knachelle Hodge, Jennifer Lemmings, Jesse Greenblatt, Bela Matyas (Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists); Richard Skibicki, Donald Sharp, Arthur Liang, Stuart Capper, Stephen Monroe, Kelley Hise, Cindi Snider, Vince Radke, Carol Selman (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); Brian Collins, Tom Dickey (National Environmental Health Association); John Besser, Veronica Malmberg (Association of Public Health Laboratories); Rob Blake, Rebecca Shapack (National Association of County and City Health Officials); John Lattimore, Sarah Pichette (US Food and Drug Administration); Fred Ramsey (US Department of Agriculture).