In the investigation of an outbreak, correctly solving the puzzle as quickly as possible is essential.
A systematic approach is helpful in such situations; the list below outlines a thirteen-step approach to the investigation of an outbreak. It must be recognized that many of the steps might be undertaken simultaneously or in a different order depending on the circumstances of the particular outbreak. Steps may also be repeated after new information is discovered. Control and prevention measures should be applied as soon in the investigation as reasoned action will allow.
Steps in an outbreak investigation
- Communicate findings
Note - you will find each step described in detail in the next set of Topics in this course. You can also click on the hyperlinks above to take you straight to each of these steps.
(CDC, 2012, p.419)