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1 Running head: UNIT 2 ASSIGNMENT: PRINCIPLES OF ENVIORNMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY Unit 2 Assignment: Principles of Environmental Epidemiology Erin Cromartie Purdue Global University
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2 UNIT 2 ASSIGNMENT: PRINCIPLES OF ENVIORNMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY In the event that two or more individuals contract the same illness from the same contaminated food or beverage, the occurrence is identified as a foodborne disease outbreak (CDC, 2019). Public health officials investigate these outbreaks in order to keep them under control with objectives to abstain more people from getting ill and to discover how to refrain future outbreaks (CDC, 2019). A common multistate foodborne outbreak involves Listeria bacteria and the most recent outbreak from this pathogen was linked to deli-sliced products. Individuals reported with the outbreak strain of Listeria were collected from November 13, 2016 to June 20, 2019, with an age range between 40 to 88 years old and fifty percent resulting in female cases (CDC, 2019). The pathogen responsible for this serious infection, Listeriosis, is usually a result of ingesting contaminated food that consists of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (CDC, 2019). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1,600 individuals contract listeriosis a year and can average about 260 deaths a year (CDC, 2019). The groups of people who are most likely to acquire the infection include pregnant women and their newborn babies, adults 65 or older, and individuals who have weakened immune systems (CDC, 2019). Symptoms of the infection can vary as it is contingent upon the individual and the body part that has been infected (CDC, 2019). These symptoms are headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, fever, and muscle aches (CDC, 2019). Pregnant women usually
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  • Fall '19
  • Epidemiology, Pasteurization, Cold cut, Listeria monocytogenes

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