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Step 5: Describe and Orient the Data

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
  • Create a line list.
  • Conduct basic analyses to develop a Table 1.
  • Create and interpret an epi curve.
  • Identify ways mapping can be useful in solving an outbreak.
  • Interpret descriptive data, case exposure data, and other preliminary information to hypothesize about potential sources of an outbreak.

Another critical step in outbreak investigations is describing and orienting the data. This is also known as descriptive epidemiology. Let’s learn more about different ways to compile and display data to help us answer questions about the outbreak in this next video.

Returning to our case study, it is time to describe and orient the data you have gathered thus far.