New Online Tool Provides Expanded Access to Outbreak Data

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March 14, 2018 | Subscribe here


New Online Tool Provides Expanded Access to Outbreak Data

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CDC launched NORS Dashboard, an online data tool with public access to nearly 20 years of information on foodborne, waterborne, and other enteric (intestinal) disease outbreaks. Information in the NORS Dashboard comes from the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS).

Users can search outbreak data, display information on interactive maps and graphs, download data, and more. The tool replaces the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD Tool), which provided data only on foodborne outbreaks reported in NORS. 

The new dashboard adds:

All other types of outbreaks reported in NORS: waterborne, person-to-person (such as norovirus), animal contact, environmental contamination, and indeterminate/unknown modes

More detailed information, such as the type of water or animal associated with an outbreak 

Learn more about the tool and its features, or start exploring NORS Dashboard now. 

 


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