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On October 21, 2016, at 8:02 am, a distilling plant in Kansas accidentally mixed sulfuric acid and sodium hypochloride, releasing a plume of chlorine gas. The respiratory effects of breathing chlorine gas can be felt almost immediately and can be severe. Symptoms include cough, wheezing,... Read more

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This syndrome was created to enhance current occupational health surveillance methods. Current data sources have a lag time of at least three months and estimates are often under-reported. Employing a real-time, independent data source could enhance classification of work-related injuries and... Read more

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This syndrome was created to help capture tree-related injuries during severe weather events. Extreme weather events require extensive tree removal and disposal, activities associated with severe injury risks among workers and residents.

Syndromic Surveillance System – EpiCenter

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Since 2009, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has created and disseminated weekly surveillance reports to share seasonal influenza data with the community and our healthcare partners. Surveillance data is formatted into tables and graphs using Microsoft Excel, pasted into a... Read more

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Agriculture can be a hazardous industry. Farmers, and oftentimes their family members, are at high risk for injuries, fatalities, and illness. Risks include exposure to pesticides on crop farms and use of tractors, farming equipment, and other machinery.

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Mass gatherings (e.g., concerts, festivals, sporting events, political rallies, and religious gatherings) pose unique challenges to public health officials. Risks associated with large events can vary and are influenced by factors such as crowd size and age (range, or average/mean), weather,... Read more

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In late summer 2017, the United States endured two severe hurricanes back to back. On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and southwest Louisiana, dumping more than 19 trillion gallons of rain. On September 10, 2017, 20 days later, Hurricane Irma landed in Florida, leading... Read more

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The first Ebola virus case on American soil was confirmed September 30, 2014, in a 45-year-old man. He had entered the country on September 20, 2014, from Liberia. Feeling ill, he visited a Dallas, Texas, hospital 5 days later where he was released but subsequently returned September 28 gravely... Read more

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Arizona reports an average of 116 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) each year, and in 2015, Arizona saw a reemergence of St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus. In addition, Arizona is at risk for importation of viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika due to an abundance of Aedes aegypti... Read more

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The attached query was developed to track medication refill encounters in emergency departments in ESSENCE during evacuations or extended mass gathering events. The query was initially developed for use with the chief complaint, triage note, and discharge diagnosis code (ICD-10 CM). 

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