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Post-Katrina Situational Awareness in North Carolina


The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) is the early event detection system that serves public health users across North Carolina. One important data source for this system is North Carolina emergency department visits. ED data from hospitals across the state are downloaded, standardized, aggregated, and updated twice daily.

After hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, federal officials evacuated two large groups of evacuees into Wake and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina. In order to identify and monitor the hospital-based public health needs of these and other “unofficial” evacuees, NC state officials used both NC DETECT and hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologist reporting methods, along with other public health surveillance initiatives.


To compare two different methods of monitoring hurricane Katrina evacuees’ hospital visits in North Carolina.

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