Multi-jurisdictional enteric illness outbreak investigations in Canada usually involve several organizations at various levels of government. In order to facilitate collaboration during such investigations, the Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Protocol (FIORP) is used.
As there are cases from more than one province, you decide to schedule an “assessment call” with federal and provincial partners to decide if a national Outbreak Investigation Coordination Committee (OICC) will be established to investigate this cluster. Upon discussion with colleagues, it is decided that the call will be scheduled for tomorrow (July 22, 2014).
Question 1-6: Who would you invite to the OICC assessment call?
In general, OICC assessment calls should include the following partners:
- Epidemiology and laboratory representatives from provinces/territories with cases
- Federal partners
Question 1-7: You have been asked to draft an agenda for the OICC assessment Call. What key agenda items would you include?
In general, OICC assessment calls should include the following:
- Welcome and roll call
- Review, additions, and approval of proposed agenda
- Current investigative plan and initial findings (case count, illness onset range, demographics, clustering by place or time)
- Provincial/territorial updates
- Discussion of national coordination and OICC activation
- Next steps