Detecting and Investigating a Large Community Outbreak of Legionellosis — South Bronx, July 2015

We will present an overview of: (1) the epidemiology of Legionnaires’ disease (LD), (2) techniques applied by the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for routine LD surveillance and outbreak investigation, (3) detection and investigation of the second largest community-acquired LD outbreak in the U.S (South Bronx, July 2015), and (4) recent legislation enforcing regular maintenance, testing, and mediation of NYC cooling towers.

March 13, 2017

Challenges to Implementing Communicable Disease Surveillance in New York City Evacuation Shelters After Hurricane Sandy, November 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit New York City (NYC) on October 29, 2012. Before and after the storm, 73 temporary evacuation shelters were established. The total census of these shelters peaked at approximately 6,800 individuals. Concern about the spread of communicable diseases in shelters prompted the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to rapidly develop a surveillance system to report communicable diseases and emergency department transports from shelters. We describe the implementation of this system.

September 06, 2017

Comparison of respiratory, febrile and influenza-like illness syndromes to detect laboratory-reported H1N1 and RSV, Influenza Season 2009–10, New York City

The New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene monitors visits daily from 49 of 54 NYC emergency departments (EDs), capturing 95% of all ED visits. ED visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) have reflected influenza activity in NYC, better than the more broadly defined fever/flu and respiratory syndromes, but the correlation with H1N1 is unknown. 

Laboratory-confirmed influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) were made reportable in NYC in February 2008. DOHMH receives electronic reports of positive tests. 

June 14, 2019

Using Age & Syndrome to Characterize Epidemic Winter-Seasonal Acute Gastroenteritis

We describe age- and syndrome-specific emergency department (ED) visit patterns for diarrhea and vomiting associated with periods of confirmed epidemic rotavirus and presumed epidemic norovirus in New York City (NYC).

March 26, 2019

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