Investigation manual for foodborne outbreaks

The FSVO provides documentation and tools to control mass outbreaks of food-borne diseases. This information is intended for the cantonal and federal authorities responsible for investigating the increasing number of cases of disease.

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ALEK Handbuch


The manual sets out the procedures for investigating outbreaks caused by micro-organisms or related toxins. It can also be used by analogy to investigate outbreaks caused by chemical agents, cases of mushroom poisoning, or outbreaks associated with showering and bathing water.

ALEK Praxisleitfaden

Practical guide

The practical guide outline the stages of an investigation. Detailed explanations are contained in the manual. The practical guide can be ordered from the FSVO as an A1 format poster, depending on stock availability.

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Last modification 21.09.2021

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