Chronology template

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Purpose and background:

The content and detail of the chronology will vary with the intensity of the event. The main purpose of the chronology is to provide a high level timeline of when we were informed of or shared key information, as well as when key decisions were made. It might also be used to develop a visual timeline for an event.

Main audience: Investigative team

Supplementary Audiences* : Briefing to senior management, Communications staff (posting to the web), etc.

Key points to document:

· The chronology should include key pieces of information that describe who, what and when (e.g., when did we know, who did we tell, what did we do about it, etc.).

· Include key dates, such as:

    • When cluster was identified
    • Date(s) of Assessments calls, OICC activation, OICC teleconferences etc.
    • Public Health Alert was issued or Epidemiological assessment was sent
    • Key food safety investigation findings (e.g. first positive food sample)

· Case counts should be included and should correspond to the dates on the line list.

The event details should be written in present tense and condensed as possible



CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS: <EventID, Pathogen, Location, Source>

 

Team

 

 

Acronyms [include only acronyms used in the chronology, in alphabetical order]

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (United States)

CEPR

Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHAC)

CFEP

Canadian Field Epidemiology Program (PHAC)

CFEZID

Centre for Foodborne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Disease (PHAC)

CFIA

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

CLSN

Canadian Laboratory Surveillance Network

CNPHI

Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence

CPHLN

Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network

FIORP

Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Protocol

F/P/T

Federal/Provincial/Territorial

HC

Health Canada

HRA

Health Risk Assessment

MLVA

Multiple Loci VNTR Analysis

NESP

National Enteric Surveillance Program

NML

National Microbiology Laboratory (PHAC)

OFSR

Office of Food Safety and Recall (CFIA)

OMD

Outbreak Management Division (CFEZID, PHAC)

OICC

Outbreak Investigation Coordinating Committee

PFGE

Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis

VNTR

Variable Number Tandem Repeat

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)

 

Date (case count by province as of 23:59 EST)