Implementation of an Electronic Disease Surveillance System in Guinea, 2016-2018

The West Africa Ebola outbreak of 2014-2016 demonstrated the importance of strong disease surveillance systems and the severe consequences of weak capacity to detect and respond to cases quickly. Challenges in the transmission and management of surveillance data were one factor that contributed to the delay in detecting and confirming the Ebola outbreak. To help address this challenge, we have collaborated with the U.S.

June 18, 2019

Timely Public Health Intervention and Vectorborne Response Planning

The OKC-Co Health Department deployed a phased vectorborne response plan to address multiple diseases, including Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. This plan is scalable and flexible, but must necessarily prepare for the worst case scenario. Although not currently a local threat in OKC-Co, Zika virus response planning requires early coordination between state, local and federal agencies in order to mitigate risk to the population.

June 18, 2019

Epidemiological Distribution of Reported Cryptosporidiosis cases in Houston, Texas, 2013-2016

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium. Modes of transmission include eating undercooked food contaminated with the parasite, swallowing something that has come into contact with human or animal feces, or swallowing pool water contaminated with the parasite. The disease is clinically manifested usually with chronic diarrhea and abdominal cramps. It is found to be more prevalent in immunocompromised patients like HIV and AIDS. Cryptosporidiosis usually causes potentially life-threatening disease in people with AIDS.

January 21, 2018

Using R for Disease Surveillance + Enabling Citizen Data Science and Cybersecurity/safety Tips for Scientists

The R programming language has become a critical data science tool for the scientific community but has also helped launch a new era of “citizen data scientists” due to the wealth of packages that make it easy to access rich data sources, perform a wide array of computations and produce striking and informative visualizations. This talk will review the history of the ‘cdcfluview’ package, show how it has been used by researchers and citizens, and provide insight into the rationale that created it.

January 24, 2018

Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health

A report jointly released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins University, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health: Example Cases and Legal Analysis provides public health departments with a framework that will allow them to request data from hospitals and health systems in order to move the needle on critical public health challenges.

January 02, 2018

PLOS Disease Surveillance and Forecasting Channel

The PLOS Disease Forecasting and Surveillance Channel debuted on November 28, bringing together two related but distinct research communities – disease forecasting and syndromic surveillance. The Channel features research and commentary from PLOS journals and the broader literature. Explore recent research, projects and related content and follow the Channel for article updates.

March 29, 2018

CDC Zika Virus Presentation

This presentation gives an overview of Zika. Topics include the history of the disease, clinical symptoms and treatment, and surveillance of human cases and the mosquitos that spread the virus.


October 25, 2017

Key Challenges for Eradication of Poliomyelitis in Ukraine

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the epidemic situation on poliomyelitis in the world is not good. Ukraine is on the list of countries certified by WHO as the territory free of polio, and previously, population coverage with scheduled vaccination against polio was 95%.

October 10, 2017

Evaluating Cost and Performance for Improved Meningitis Disease Surveillance in Chad

The costs of addressing specific needs to improve surveillance systems in sub-Saharan Africa are often unknown. For centuries meningococcal meningitis epidemics have occurred every few years in the Sahelian and sub-sahel regions of Africa also referred to as the “African meningitis belt”. A serogroup A meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenAfriVac®, was licensed in 2009 and introduced in phases through mass immunization campaigns for all 1-29 year olds. The long term health impact of MenAfriVac® can only be determined if strong disease surveillance is in place.

October 13, 2017

Identifying Congenital Syphilis Cases through a Birth Registry Match

In 2012, Louisiana’s case rate for congenital syphilis was 49.2 cases per 100,000 live births, the highest in the nation and over six times the national average1. In Louisiana, case investigations for infants perinatally exposed to syphilis are initiated through two primary methods: SHP may receive a positive syphilis test on an infant or a syphilis-infected woman may be contacted and identified by Partner Services during pregnancy.

November 01, 2017


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