As part of the OICC assessment call scheduled for tomorrow (July 22, 2014), a descriptive epidemiology of the cases to date needs to be shared with partners in the form of an epidemiological summary (or “epi summary”).
An epi summary is a useful tool to share information about an outbreak during an investigation and is usually distributed prior to OICC calls. It is important to ensure that all investigative partners are using the same information to guide response activities such as public communications and/or food recalls.
Question 1-8: What information should be included in an epi summary?
The layout and content of an epi summary will vary from outbreak to outbreak. An epi summary could include the following sections:
- Epidemic (epi) curve
- Age/sex distribution
- Case definitions
- Food safety investigation
- Actions taken
Epi summaries should always have a date and time stamp, identify who created the document (typically the organization rather than the individual) and include “confidential” and “do not distribute” statements as appropriate.