Monitoring for Local Transmission of Zika Virus using Emergency Department Data

The first travel-associated cases of Zika virus infection in New York City (NYC) were identified in January 2016. Local transmission of Zika virus from imported cases is possible due to presence of Aedes albopictus mosquitos. Timely detection of local Zika virus transmission could inform public health interventions and mitigate additional spread of illness. Daily emergency department (ED) visit surveillance to detect individual cases and spatio-temporal clusters of locally-acquired Zika virus disease was initiated in June 2016. 


July 16, 2017

Using Syndromic Surveillance to Identify Synthetic Cannabinoids or Marijuana Adverse Health Events in Virginia

SCRAs are accessible and affordable, sold online, in gas stations, and in “head” shops for $5-30 per package.[1] While marijuana is a schedule 1 narcotic, unavailable for any use, SCRAs navigate the legal landscape with marketing as non-consumable and frequent modifications to the active ingredients that outpace lawmakers’ updates. When consumed, SCRAs bind the same receptor as the active ingredient in marijuana with 10-1000 times the affinity.

September 25, 2017

National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) BioSense Syndrome Definitions Workgroup - Report

This report summarizes a series of seven meetings of the Syndrome Definition Workgroup held in 2014 and 2015.


To review, validate, and modify syndromes and provide community input on a process to update or develop syndromes.

October 29, 2017

Community Engagement among the BioSense 2.0 User Group

BioSense 2.0 has become a platform for technical receipt and analysis of syndromic surveillance data for many jurisdictions nationwide, as well as a collaborative effort that has engaged a larger community of syndromic surveillance practitioners, Governance Group, and federal agencies and organizations. The potential longterm benefits of BioSense 2.0 for resource and data sharing have at times been overshadowed by the short-term limitations of the system and disconnected efforts among the CoP.

October 10, 2017

Unintentional Drug Overdoses in Virginia: Analysis of Syndromic and Death Data

Drug overdoses and related deaths have been escalating nationally since 1970. In Virginia, the rate of drug overdose deaths increased 36% from 5.0 to 6.8 deaths per 100,000 population between 1999 and 2010. While initiated for bioterrorism event detection, syndromic surveillance has shown utility when extended to other health issues. ED visits may complement information from Overdose Deaths investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in describing drug overdose trends.

November 06, 2017

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