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Ohio is one of 10 centers participating in the Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE) project.  FoodCORE centers are funded by CDC to work together to develop new and better methods to detect, investigate, respond to and control multistate outbreaks of foodborne diseases.

Although efforts are primarily focused on outbreaks caused by bacteria including Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Listeria, the ability to detect and investigate viral and parasitic foodborne disease outbreaks is also being enhanced and strengthened. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Building state and local health department capacity for laboratory surveillance, epidemiologic investigation and environmental assessment to improve response to foodborne disease outbreaks
  • Building collaborative models to conduct rapid, coordinated, standardized interviews at a central location
  • Developing measurable performance indicators

Through FoodCORE, the Ohio Department of Health's Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Team (ORBIT) provides interview support to 76 local health jurisdictions through cooperative agreements.  ORBIT also works to improve Ohio’s capacity to track, investigate, diagnose and control illnesses.

Stool Collection

This video reviews how to collect, package and submit a stool specimen to your local health department for testing at the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

Last updated:  12/07/2015