Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance system Evaluation, Oyo state, Nigeria; 2008-2014

In September, 2015, Nigeria was delisted from the list of polio endemic countries globally. To be certified polio free, the country must attain and maintain certification standard Acute Flaccid Paralysis(AFP) surveillance for additional two-years. In Oyo State, no case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) has been reported since February, 2009.


We evaluated the AFP surveillance system in Oyo State to assessits attributes and determine if it was meeting its set objectives.

June 20, 2017

Successful implementation of electronic disease reporting in Georgia

The Ministry of Health of Georgia accepted the Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System (EIDSS) as an official disease reporting system in 2012. The Georgian government adopted electronic reporting for both veterinary and human diseases in 2015. We conducted a comparative assessment of progress in the implementation of electronic reporting.


August 10, 2017

Improving Cattle Market Syndromic Surveillance Through Electronic Data Capture

An active syndromic surveillance system was designed to collect cattle health information from a sample of Texas cattle market sales. Texas Animal Health Commission livestock inspectors record the total number of animals observed along with the total number displaying clinical signs of interest grouped into body system categories (e.g. respiratory, neurologic, etc.). Inspection reports are submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services (VS) Risk Identification Team for monitoring. 


July 06, 2017

Collecting Infectious Disease Data from LARS and Improving Data Quality in Taiwan

To immediately monitor disease outbreaks, the application of laboratory-based surveillance is more popular in recent years. Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (TCDC) has developed LARS to collect the laboratory-confirmed cases caused by any of 20 pathogens daily via automated submitting of reports from hospital laboratory information system (LIS) to LARS since 2014 [1]. LOINC is used as standardized format for messaging inspection data [1, 2]. There are 37 hospitals have joined LARS, coverage rate about 59% of all hospitals in Taiwan.

August 15, 2017

Importance of Continued Data Quality Assessment of Syndromic Production Data

Once a facility meets data quality standards and is approved for production, an assumption is made that the quality of data received remains at the same level. When looking at production data quality reports from various states generated using a SAS data quality program, a need for production data quality assessment was identified. By implementing a periodic data quality update on all production facilities, data quality has improved for production data as a whole and for individual facility data.

July 06, 2017

Comparative Analysis of Methods of Molecular Detection of Avian Influenza Virus

As part of this surveillance study for Avian Influenza both active and passive surveillance samples were tested using PCR and also utilized to validate the LAMP method. Active surveillance samples include pathological material and tracheal and cloacal swabs from ill poultry, which were subsequently assessed for avian influenza during diagnosis, and birds collected by hunters. Passive surveillance included environmental samples such as sand and bird faeces.

August 15, 2017

HIV Bio-behavioral Risk Study Implementation in Resource-poor Military Settings

Circumstances within the military environment may place military personnel at increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV. HIV bio-behavioral risk studies provide a critical source of data to estimate HIV/STI prevalence and identify risk factors, allowing programs to maximize impact by focusing on the drivers of the epidemic. 


We present lessons learned from over a decade of HIV bio- behavioral risk study implementation and capacity-building in African militaries. 

July 06, 2017

The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System: A Distributed Surveillance Model

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) established the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System (CCDSS) in 2009 to facilitate national estimates of chronic disease prevalence, incidence, and health outcomes. The CCDSS uses population-based linked health administrative databases from all provinces/territories (P/Ts) and a distributed analytic protocol to produce standardized disease estimates.


August 20, 2017

Key elements of infectious disease syndromic surveillance systems: A scoping review

Syndromic surveillance is an alternative type of public health surveillance which utilizes pre-diagnostic data sources to detect outbreaks earlier than conventional (laboratory) surveillance and monitor the progression of illnesses in populations. These systems are often noted for their ability to detect a wider range of cases in under- reported illnesses, utilize existing data sources, and alert public health authorities of emerging crises.

July 10, 2017

Quality of Data Used for Syndromic Surveillance

Nearly all of the myriad activities (or use cases) in clinical and public health (e.g., patient care, surveillance, community health assessment, policy) involve generating, collecting, storing, analyzing, or sharing data about individual patients or populations. Effective clinical and public health practice in the twenty-first century requires access to data from an increasing array of information systems, including but not limited to electronic health records.

July 16, 2017


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