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Use of Syndromic Data for Surveillance of Hurricane-Related Injuries in Miami-Dade County, FL


In 2005, three hurricanes made landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Wilma having the most severe impact on Miami-Dade County. Syndromic surveillance is typically used to detect bioterrorism or natural disease outbreaks before specific diagnoses are made. After Wilma, however, the Miami-Dade County Health Department assessed the utility of syndromic data for surveillance of hurricane-related injuries.



To determine the proportion of injuries in Miami-Dade County that could be related to the impact of Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in Florida on October 25, 2005.

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