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new foodborne illness guide released
to increase awareness of foodborne illness, a new educational guide for healthcare professionals on how to identify and treat foodborne illnesses, as well as consumer tips for patients, was recently released at a news conference in the nation's capital.
the primer was created though a partnership of the american medical association and the american nurses association/american nurses foundation, in conjunction with the cdc's food safety office, the food and drug administration's center for food safety and applied nutrition and the u.s. department of agriculture's food safety and inspection service.
the easy-to-read primer, diagnosis and management of foodborne illnesses: a primer for physicians and other health care professionals
contains charts, scenarios and a continuing medical education section and is free to healthcare professionals. the primer, initially introduced in 2001, contains five new sections on new and re-emerging foodborne illnesses and was written with an emphasis on living in the post 9/11 environment.
"the release of this educational primer is likely to change the way that nurses conduct assessments of their patients," said pamela c. hagan, msn, rn, chief programs officer, american nurses association. "it will help educate nurses that common symptoms may be the first signs of foodborne illness, and it will reinforce the importance of identifying and reporting these illnesses early."
for more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5304a1.htm