North Carolina hosted the 2018 FEI WEG in Polk County at the Tryon Equestrian Center in September 2018. Polk County, located in the Mountain region of Western North Carolina, is home to 20,357 people, and the population is widely distributed. Event organizers expected approximately 300,000 to 500,000 people to visit the area, with 800 horses from 71 countries taking part in the games. Providing adequate public health epidemiologic investigations and response for the large scale event in the predominantly rural area presented a challenge. The NC Surveillance & Response Team was created to facilitate enhanced surveillance for significant public health events during the WEG, assist local public health agencies with epidemiologic investigations and response, develop public health risk assessments, and implement control measures. Surveillance data were collected from the North Carolina Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NC EDSS), North CarolinaÃ¢ÂÂs and CDCÃ¢ÂÂs National syndromic surveillance systems (NC DETECT and NSSP ESSENCE), Public Health Epidemiologists from Atrium Health and Mission Hospital, and reports from the on-site medical facility (MED-1) at the Tryon Equestrian Center. The data were reviewed and summarized in internal and external situation reports.
Objective: To describe surveillance activities and use of existing state (NC DETECT) and national (NSSP) syndromic surveillance systems during the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG), in Mill Spring, NC from September 11 to September 23, 2018