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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

Content type: Success Stories

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

Content type: Success Stories

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

Content type: Success Stories

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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Content type: Syndrome

This query is used to assess trends in hypothermia or cold exposure in emergency department visits in ESSENCE. The query captures cold exposure, hypothermia, and frost bite using chief complaint, triage note, and discharge diagnosis code (ICD-10CM). The query does not exclude hypothermia related... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

The homelessness syndrome was developed to identify emergency department visits in ESSENCE for patients who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The syndrome is intended for use with chief complaint, triage notes, and discharge diagnosis codes (ICD-10 CM). The definition heavily... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

Objective: Capture all traffic-related injuries presenting to the emergency room regardless of intent or vehicle type to allow monitoring of long-term trends in traffic-related injuries as well as short-term aberrations due to holiday, events, weather.

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Content type: Syndrome

This definition is based the following document created by the CSTE Heat Workgroup: Heat-related Illness Syndrome Query: A guidance Document for Implementing Heat-related Illness Syndromic Surveillance in Public Health Practice (attached). The query is built using chief complaint and discharge... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

This syndrome was created to monitor emergency room visits related to opioid abuse in Suburban Cook County, IL. It is adapted from CDC’s Opioid Overdose v2 syndrome, and expanded to include terms for opioid withdrawal, injection site infections, and patients with underlying opiate abuse or... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

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