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Adopting a common influenza-like illness syndrome across multiple health jurisdictions


Syndromic surveillance systems were designed for early outbreak and bioterrorism event detection. As practical experience shaped development and implementation, these systems became more broadly used for general surveillance and situational awareness, notably influenza-like illness (ILI) monitoring. Beginning in 2006, ISDS engaged partners from state and local health departments to build Distribute, a distributed surveillance network for sharing de-identified aggregate emergency department syndromic surveillance data through existing state and local public health systems. To provide more meaningful cross-jurisdictional comparisons and to allow valid aggregation of syndromic data at the national level, a pilot study was conducted to assess implementation of a common ILI syndrome definition across Distribute.



Assess the feasibility and utility of adopting a common ILI syndrome across participating jurisdictions in the ISDS Distribute project.

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