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Earliest Event Detection: A Unique Approach Combining Syndromic Surveillance with Data Mining


Syndromic surveillance is focused upon organizing data into categories to detect medium to large scale clusters of illness. Detection often requires that a critical threshold be surpassed. Data mining searches through data to identify records containing keywords. New Hampshire has combined data mining with syndromic surveillance since January 2003 to improve detection capacity.



1. Understand the principles behind the use of syndromic surveillance and data mining. 2. Understand how New Hampshire's unique approach combining data mining with syndromic surveillance has enhanced disease surveillance efforts. 3. Describe the steps and code necessary to implement and enhance data mining.

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