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