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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual$
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Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933692.001.0001

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Optimizing Epidemiology–Laboratory Collaborations

Optimizing Epidemiology–Laboratory Collaborations

(p.187) 9 Optimizing Epidemiology–Laboratory Collaborations
The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual

M. Shannon Keckler

Reynolds M. Salerno

Michael W. Shaw

Oxford University Press

Whether a field investigation involves a suspected or known infectious disease outbreak or a potential exposure to a toxic chemical or radionuclide, its success often depends on contributions from relevant laboratories; thus, strong collaborations between epidemiologists and laboratory scientists are critical. Outbreak investigators should contact scientists in relevant laboratories as soon as possible, preferably before deployment to the investigation site because early consultations with laboratory experts is often essential to study design. Many local laboratories can perform the more common tests needed, especially those for common infectious agents, whereas laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can provide backup support or more specialized services when appropriate. Strong collaborations between field epidemiologists and laboratory scientists can enhance the performance of future outbreak investigation teams.

Keywords:   microbiology, infectious disease, laboratory, molecular epidemiology, diagnostic testing, molecular detection, sequencing, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, pathogens, environmental health

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