Foodborne illnesses do not respect any borders. As a result of increasing international trade, food produced in one country may be consumed in a different part of the world and cause disease if contaminated with a foodborne pathogen.

Similarly, international travel is increasing and it is possible to get to almost any destination from almost any place in the world in a matter of hours. Therefore, a disease contracted in one part of the world may first become apparent thousands of miles away.

PulseNet International is a network of National and regional laboratory networks dedicated to tracking foodborne infections world-wide. Each laboratory utilizes standardized genotyping methods, sharing information in real-time.Link to WGS

The resulting surveillance provides early warning of food and waterborne disease outbreaks, emerging pathogens, and acts of bioterrorism.

PulseNet Map AltVersion Nov2016

What's available on this site?
International > Learn about PulseNet International, including the steering committee, contacts, and partners and affiliates. New to PulseNet? Read an introduction to the technology.
Networks > Regional and National networks each have a page with information and links. Click the tab, or see a larger map on the Networks page.
Molecular Typing > Protocols and techniques, including PFGEMLVA, and now Whole Genome Sequencing, along with Bionumerics usage guidelines, troubleshooting tips and quality assurance information. The primary area for downloading technical references.
Publications > PulseNet-related published papers, newsletters and presentations.


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