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Step 3: Attempt to Identify Outbreak Etiology

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Recognize how to use surveillance and laboratory data to identify outbreak etiology.
  • Identify necessary supplies and processes for stool testing.
  • Interpret stool testing results and limitations.

After forming our outbreak investigation team, we should attempt to identify the outbreak etiology. Depending on how the outbreak was detected, we may or may not know the etiology of the outbreak this early in the investigation. Whether we know the etiology or not will influence the next steps in the outbreak investigation.

Returning to our case study, it appears that Rita’s stool specimen has arrived!