Acute Renal Failure and a Long Night in Haiti

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Richard Dicker and Linda Dicker
Date published
Jan, 1998
Last updated
22 Jan 2020


An outbreak of acute renal failure deaths among children in Haiti eventually traced to paracetamol contaminated with diethylene glycol.  

Learning Objectives:

After completing this case study, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the questions and decisions to be addressed before departing on a field investigation;
  • List the steps of an outbreak investigation;
  • List the components of a case definition;
  • Discuss the role of epidemiologic evidence in public health decision-making.