Computer network makes quick work of tracking food contamination

08/2/2004 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A computer network connecting health laboratories helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alert state authorities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia about a potential salmonella outbreak within two hours. The network, called PulseNet, allowed health officials to compare the DNA fingerprints of salmonella that had sickened people in the two states, eventually tracing the outbreak to sandwiches from a convenience store.

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