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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), a bacterial tick-borne rickettsial illness, initially causes nonspecific symptoms (e.g., fever, rash, nausea, and vomiting).  In 2003, RMSF was identified on tribal lands in Arizona where the brown dog tick is the primary vector1.

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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) uses Health Monitoring Systems’ EpiCenter to collect, manage, and analyze real-time emergency department (ED) data acquired from acute care hospitals and satellite EDs. NJDOH integrates these data into a comprehensive surveillance system, relying on... Read more

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, resulting in 88 fatalities and more than $125 billion in damages to infrastructure. In Houston, flooding created a toxic mix of chemicals, sewage, biohazards, and 8 million cubic yards of garbage. The level of biohazard exposure, as... Read more

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Rabies is caused by a virus spread to people from the saliva and neural tissue of infected animals. The most common mode of transmission is through the bite of a rabid animal; however, rabies can be transmitted through non-bite exposures (e.g., transplant of organs or tissue, contamination of... Read more

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In 2015, Idaho was among the top 10 states for suicides in the United States. Suicide as the cause of death for teens and young adults in Idaho was exceeded only by accidental deaths. On average, one suicide death occurred among all ages every day. 1 Among the seven Idaho local public health... Read more

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Access to dental care is a public health problem in Idaho because most of the state is experiencing a shortage of dental health professionals. The Idaho Oral Health program has anecdotal evidence that some Idahoans compensate for this shortage by seeking dental care in emergency departments (EDs... Read more

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In recent years, Washington State has experienced episodes of degraded air quality from wildfires burning within the state, as well as surrounding states and provinces. Wildfire smoke, particularly the high concentrations of small particulate matter generated by incomplete combustion, can lead... Read more

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The 2017-2018 influenza season was the first to be classified as "high severity" across all age groups since 2003.1 Influenza-like illness (ILI) peaked at 7.5%, the highest since the 2009 pandemic.1 It was also the longest season in recent history, coming in at or above the national baseline for... Read more

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In winter, people are at risk for cold-related illness (CRI) such as hypothermia. Deaths coded as weather-related from 2006 through 2010 showed exposure to excessive cold as the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.1 Therefore, the National Syndromic Surveillance Program... Read more

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Wisconsin experienced severe flooding from August 17 to September 20, 2018. This flood caused an estimated $232 million in damage and affected 21 counties. Floods can have negative health impacts on a population, such as increased skin infections, communicable diseases, gastroenteritis, and... Read more

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