Salmonella in the Caribbean
Public health practitioners with knowledge of basic epidemiologic concepts, especially non-epidemiologists (e.g., laboratorians, environmental health specialists, sanitarians, public health nurses, veterinarians, and MPH students)
After completing this case study, the student should be able to:
- Describe the signs and symptoms, means of diagnosis, and control of salmonellosis.
- Describe how Salmonella serotyping can be used in public health practice.
- Given a disease, describe the desired characteristics of a surveillance system for that disease.
- Discuss how the inclusion of the laboratory in the surveillance of a disease impacts the characteristics of the surveillance system and the usefulness of the data.
- Calculate the incidence of a disease if given the number of cases and population size.
- Characterize a health problem by time, place, and person (e.g., perform the descriptive epidemiology).
- Create and interpret a graph.
- Interpret the measure of association for a case-control study.
Successful completion of basic training in infectious disease epidemiology, descriptive epidemiology, study design, measures of association, and outbreak investigation
English and Spanish
3 to 4 hours
Continuing education credits are not available for completing this case study.
Jeanette K. Stehr-Green, MD developed this case study in collaboration with staff from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- National Center for Infectious Diseases (Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases/Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch)
- Public Health Practice Program Office (Division of Professional Development and Evaluation)
The following individuals investigated the original outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis in Trinidad and Tobago: Lisa Indar-Harrinauth, Nicholas Daniels, Parimi Prabbakar, Clive Brown, Gail Baccus-Taylor, Edward Commissiong, H. Reid, and James Hospedales.
Translation to Spanish for the student and instructor versions was provided by: Enrique Pérez Gutiérrez, PhD, INPPAZ in South America and Alex Alvarez, CDC en Español.