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Injury Outbreak Investigation In A Rural Texas City: Innovative

Approaches & Lessons Learned


Held Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sponsored by the Disaster Epidemiology Special Interest Group


Local, regional, and state public health officials conducted an injury outbreak investigation following a massive fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in a rural community in Texas in April 2013. The explosion killed 15 individuals and injured over 250 individuals in the community. In this webinar, epidemiologists will describe their approach in designing this investigation and identifying data sources. They will describe the characteristics of the nonfatal and fatal injuries (including an injury pyramid), the factors contributing to those injuries, and the location of the injured persons at the time of the blast (including injury maps). Innovative approaches and lessons learned will be discussed that will benefit local, state, and territorial injury programs.


At the end of this webinar, viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify the types of injuries to expect following a fertilizer plant explosion
  2. Identify factors contributing to those injuries
  3. Identify the unique challenges related to conducting an injury investigation
  4. Identify innovative approaches and lessons learned
  5. Participate in a dialogue about disaster epidemiology within the larger community of injury prevention programs at the state, territorial, and local levels.


Presented by epidemiologists at the local, regional, and state health departments in Texas.


This webinar is sponsored by the Disaster Epidemiology Special Interest Group. This is the self-directed group with projects and activities decided by the members. This group provides a forum for Safe States members with an interest in disaster epidemiology to: 

  • Express ideas;
  • Learn best practices;
  • Contribute to expert discussions with peers and colleagues;
  • Stay informed about current developments; and
  • Build a network of professional contacts in the field.

The webinar was moderated by David Zane, Epidemiologist, from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and included presentations from Kahler Stone, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District; Hammad Akram, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District; and Bonnie Feldt, Texas Department of State Health Services.



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