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The true story of the eleven blue men by Berton Roueché is one of the staple readings for many who begin the study public health and epidemiology. The story takes place in late 1944 and centers upon eleven men who, aside from their breakfast location, have little to do with one another. However, what makes this story unique and of interest still today is that it highlights the speed and importance of a proper epidemiologic investigation.

After reading, answer the following questions:

  • Describe the 13 steps of an outbreak investigation and connect them to this particular event in 1944.
    • That is, for each step highlight where in the event a particular step occurred.
  • Assess and draw the epidemic curve for this incident.
    • Identify the type of curve it represents.
    • Display the image.
  • Calculate and state the incubation period for the illness affecting the eleven blue men.
  • Identify three questions that Dr. Greenberg asked the patients.
  • Identify three questions that Dr. Pellitteri asked the patients.
  • Identify three questions that the epidemiologists asked the Eclipse Cafeteria employees.
  • Identify the culprit.
    • Identify what about these men was unique when compared to the other people who ate in the cafeteria that day.
  • Provide at least two additional questions you would have liked the investigators to have asked the patients or employees.
    • Explain why you feel these questions would have helped.
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