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Paralysis Analysis: Investigating Paralysis Visit Anomalies in New Jersey


On July 11, 2012, New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) Communicable Disease Service (CDS) surveillance staff received email notification of a statewide anomaly in EpiCenter for Paralysis. Two additional anomalies followed within three hours. Since Paralysis Anomalies are uncommon, staff initiated an investigation to determine if there was an outbreak or other event of concern taking place. Also at question was whether receipt of multiple anomalies in such a short time span was statistically or epidemiologically significant.


To describe the investigation of a statewide anomaly detected by a newly established state syndromic surveillance system and usage of that system.

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