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CIFOR OUE Guidelines

Investigators generally collect and handle foodborne outbreak specimens with a specific agent in mind. But by the time investigators establish/ conclude the etiology is undetermined, the initial specimens may no longer be available or usable. Attaining an additional specimen may prove unproductive or impossible, if the patient has recovered or died. Current specimen collection guidelines are either agent specific or categorized by agent class (e.g. all bacteria or all viruses). These existing guidelines, while helpful when the agent is known or strongly suspected, do not offer clear guidance on outbreaks of undetermined etiology. Goal -Suggest optimal, universal specimens for all outbreaks -Provide adequate specimens for second-tier testing and pathogen discovery -Use CIFOR-developed universal recommendations on collection, shipment, rule-out testing, and long-term storage of outbreak specimens

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Author CIFOR

Tool Type Forms/Templates/Checklists , Outbreak Procedures/Policies/Guidance

Topic Area CIFOR, Laboratory Investigation

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