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Since the release of anthrax in October of 2001, there has been increased interest in developing efficient prospective disease surveillance schemes. Poisson CUSUM is a control chart-based method that has been widely used to detect aberrations in disease counts in a single region collected over... Read more

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Most of the time, health consequences of heat waves are serious. Heat wave response plans were developed for reducing health effects but even if they are very efficient it is not possible to eliminate all health consequences. It is therefore necessary to develop a flexible health surveillance... Read more

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) uses the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics to detect disease outbreaks and other health-related events earlier than other forms of surveillance. Although Veterans may use any VHA facility in the world,... Read more

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Syndromic surveillance involves monitoring big health datasets to provide early warning of threats to public health. Public health authorities use statistical detection algorithms to interrogate these datasets for aberrations that are indicative of emerging threats. The algorithm currently in... Read more

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In the fall of 2001, the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response (BT P&R) Unit initiated a syndromic surveillance system utilizing chief complaint data collected from Emergency Departments throughout Los Angeles County (LAC). Chief complaint data were organized into four syndromes (... Read more

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Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EARS Program, MS C-18, Atlanta, GA, USA) is a freeware surveillance tool that can be downloaded from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website (http://emergency.cdc.gov/surveillance/ears/). It... Read more

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Public Health England's syndromic surveillance service monitor presentations for gastrointestinal illness to detect increases in health care seeking behaviour driven by infectious gastrointestinal disease. We use regression models to create baselines for expected activity and then identify any... Read more

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall just east of New Orleans, LA at 6:10AM CST and again at the LA/MS border at 10:00AM CST as a Category 3 hurricane, causing mass destruction along their coastlines. The devastation in LA and MS forced many residents to evacuate. Outside of the... Read more

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Salt Lake Valley Health Department uses syndromic surveillance to monitor influenza-like illness (ILI) activity as part of a comprehensive influenza surveillance program that includes pathogen-specific surveillance, sentinel surveillance, school absenteeism and pneumonia, and influenza mortality... Read more

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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... Read more

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