What is PulseNet? | www.APHLblog.org

In 1993, a large multistate outbreak linked to Jack in the Box restaurants sickened over 730 people (four of whom died and over 170 of whom had long term health complications). It took one month to determine the cause of the outbreak and even longer to find the exact culprit. After that outbreak, public health officials knew there was a need for a national network that would expedite outbreak detection. Together, APHL and CDC worked to develop a system that would ensure that member laboratories were using the same testing methods so strains could be compared in a …read more