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The incidence of dengue fever (DF) has increased 30 fold between 1960 and 2010. The literature suggests that temperature plays a major role in the life cycle of the mosquito vector and in turn, the timing of DF outbreaks. We use real-time data from GDT and real-time temperature estimates from... Read more

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Seasonal influenza epidemics are responsible for over 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States per year, and 39,000 of them are in children. In the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guides immunization practices, including influenza vaccination, with... Read more

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Epidemiologists, public health agencies and scientists increasingly augment traditional surveillance systems with alternative data sources such as, digital surveillance systems utilizing news reports and social media, over-the-counter medication sales, and school absenteeism. Similar to school... Read more

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The Distribute project began in 2006 as a distributed, syndromic surveillance demonstration project that networked state and local health departments to share aggregate emergency department-based influenza-like illness (ILI) syndrome data. Preliminary work found that local systems often applied... Read more

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Methods for locating spatial clusters of diseases are typically variations of the circular scan statistic method. They restrict the number of potential clusters by considering all circular, rectangular, or elliptical regions, and then apply a likelihood ratio test to evaluate the statistical... Read more

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The BioSense program’s mission is to support and improve public health surveillance infrastructure and human capacity required to monitor (with minimal lag) critical population health indicators of the scope and severity of acute health threats to the public health; and support national, state,... Read more

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This paper describes a modular approach to surveillance system design, ensuring flexibility, scalability and fault tolerance.

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School closure has long been proposed as a non-pharmaceutical intervention in reducing the transmission of pandemic influenza. Children are thought to have high transmission potential because of their low immunity to circulating influenza viruses and high contact rates. In the wake of pandemic (... Read more

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To measure the impact, within administrative geographic areas, of household income on rates of visits due influenza and RSV among children using real-time syndromic surveillance.

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Antibiotic resistance is a mounting public health threat calling for action on global, national and local levels. Antibiotic use has been a major driver of increasing rates of antibiotic resistance. This has given rise to the practice of antibiotic stewardship, which seeks to reduce unnecessary... Read more

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