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Module VIII - Preparing an Outbreak
Investigation Report


Module VIII is designed to prepare public health workers to meet the following objectives:

  1. Correctly identify the necessary elements of an outbreak investigation report
  2. Correctly sequence epidemiologic information within an outbreak report
  3. Identify the appropriate recipients of an outbreak report

Reports about an outbreak investigation may take many forms. During an investigation, interim reports help to transmit information about:

  • what has happened
  • what is happening
  • what progress is being made

Preparing an interim report can help clarify the investigator’s understanding and provide new insights.

Appropriate interim reports during the investigation may include:

  • Verbal reports to the outbreak coordination team
  • Verbal and written progress reports to administrators
  • Information briefings for the media/public