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Biosurveillance is one of the primary roles of local Public health offices. As the all-hazards (biological, chemical, and radiation emergencies) approach adds to the responsibilities already performed in foodborne illness outbreak response, it is crucial to assess the capabilities and robustness of the local public health Foodborne Illness (FBI) response. By surveying the most populated counties in Ohio with a checklist based on the 2009 Council for Improvement of Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) guidelines, it was possible to obtain a snapshot of the current outbreak response capabilities. Though only one county reported 100% compliance with the checklist, the overall average was 73%. Minimum requirement items for outbreak response were at 83%. The overall compliance when stratified from “satisfactory” to “good” to “excellent” was 83%, 75%, and 64% respectively. While some local public health offices have made some efforts to improve, there is still considerable room for improvement to better handle more “disaster level” outbreaks.
Wherry, C. (2012). Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response: A Snapshot of Ohio. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.