FoodCORE-Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement-began as a CDC funded pilot project in 2009 in three sites to improve state and local hth department responses to foodborne disease outbreaks. It was so successful that the project currently fully or partially funds 7 sites, encompassing approximately 15% of the US population. FoodCORE sites are working 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 will also be enhanced and strengthened.
The Connecticut EIP conducts active surveillance for laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations as part of the national FluSurv-NET system. The 2014-15 season marks the 12th consecutive year of data collection. Laboratory-confirmed influenza is reportable to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH). Hospitalized influenza is also a reportable condition in Connecticut. EIP staff work with CTDPH, CDC, and hospital infection preventionists to conduct surveillance for hospitalized cases of influenza among residents of Middlesex and New Haven Counties.