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Rhode Island implemented the Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance (RODS) system, developed in 1999 by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biomedical Informatics. This system is based on real-time information from hospital emergency departments that is transmitted and analyzed... Read more

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The Houston Department of Health Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) monitors emergency departments (ED) chief complaints across the Houston metropolitan area, Harris County, and the surrounding jurisdictions by Real-time Outbreak Disease Surveillance (RODS). The influenza-like... Read more

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Group A Streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis, the most common bacterial cause of acute pharyngitis, causes more than half a billion cases annually worldwide. Treatment with antibiotics provides symptomatic benefit and reduces complications, missed work days and transmission. Physical examination ... Read more

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Heat surveillance in Houston is currently limited to mortality reports from the medical examiners office. A possible source of heat related morbidity is the Houston Real-time Outbreak Disease Surveillance (RODS) system. The RODS system was put into practice in the Houston Department of Health ... Read more

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The syndromic surveillance system “2SE FAG” has been installed within the French Armed Forces in French Guiana (3000 people) in October 2004 [1-2]. During the conception and the deployment of such a system, ergonomic issues were highlighted and training of stakeholders as well [3]. Daily... Read more

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The Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) is a statewide system for investigation of sudden and unexpected death in Utah. OME, in the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), certified over 2000 of the 13,920 deaths in Utah in 2008. 

Information from OME death investigations is currently stored... Read more

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The performance of even the most advanced syndromic surveillance systems can be undermined if the monitored data is delayed before it arrives into the system.  In such cases, an outbreak may be detected only after it is too late for appropriate public health response. Surveillance systems can... Read more

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Recent health events in France, such as the dramatic excess of mortality occurred during the 2003 heat wave showed the need for a better provision of information to health authorities. A new syndromic surveillance system based on the recording of general practitioner’s visits by SOS Médecins has... Read more

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Syndromic surveillance systems have long been an important part of the public health arena. The long standing goal of early detection of disease outbreak has gained new urgency and requires a broader spectrum in the era of potential bioterrorism. A number of programs have used syndromic ... Read more

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Late in September 2012, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) identified a cluster of fungal infections following epidural injection of methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) from a single compounding pharmacy. This presented a public health imperative to contact, educate and monitor approximately... Read more

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