Enhanced syndromic surveillance during the 9th Indian Ocean Island Games, 2015

The 9th IOIG took place in Reunion Island from July 31 to August 9, 2015. This sport event gathered approximatively 1 640 athletes, 2 000 volunteers and several thousand spectators from seven islands:Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles and Reunion.In response to the import risk of infectious diseases from these countries where some of them are endemics, the syndromic surveillance system, which captures 100% of all Emergency Department visits, was enhanced in order to detect any health event.

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July 27, 2017

EpiCore: Crowdsourcing Health Professionals to Verify Disease Outbreaks

EpiCore draws on the knowledge of a global community of human, animal, and environmental health professionals to verify information on disease outbreaks in their geographic regions. By using innovative surveillance techniques and crowdsourcing these experts, EpiCore enables faster global outbreak detection, verification, and reporting

July 27, 2017

Detecting Overlapping Outbreaks of Influenza

Influenza is a contagious disease that causes epidemics in many parts of the world. The World Health Organization estimates that influenza causes three to five million severe illnesses each year and 250,000-500,000 deaths. Predicting and characterizing outbreaks of influenza is an important public health problem and significant progress has been made in predicting single outbreaks. However, multiple temporally overlapping outbreaks are also common. These may be caused by different subtypes or outbreaks in multiple demographic groups.

September 20, 2017

Establishing a National Syndromic Surveillance System among Asylum Seekers

Most European countries are facing a continuous increased influx of asylum seekers. Poor living conditions in crowded shelters and refugee camps increase the risk for - outbreaks of - infectious diseases in this vulnerable population. In line with ECDC recommendations, we aim to improve information on infectious diseases among asylum seekers by establishing a new syndromic surveillance system in the Netherlands.

July 27, 2017

Cause of death in under 5 children in a demographic surveillance site in Pakistan

Pakistan ranks 26th in Childhood mortality rates, globally. Pakistan, with other 4 countries is responsible for about half of the deaths of children age under 5. Despite such burden vital registration system is not well established, health facilities are not easily accessible and mostly deaths occur at home, making identification of cause of death (COD) difficult.

Objective

To identify Cause of deaths among children below age of 5years from a prospective cohort of women in one urban and four peri-urban settings of Karachi, Pakistan

 

August 15, 2017

Detection of brucellosis through active surveillance, Armenia, 2014

Brucellosis is a serious disease caused by bacteria of the Brucella genus. It principally affects ruminants but may be transmitted to humans. Registration of cases in cattle farms causes considerable economic losses and creates favorable conditions for mass infection among humans. In Armenia the expansion of animal industries and urbanization are the main reasons for occurrence and development of brucellosis.

Objective

In the spring of 2014, people from vulnerable households in all marzes of Armenia were examined with the aim of active surveillance.

September 20, 2017

Estimating spatial patterning of dietary behaviors using grocery transaction data

Unhealthy diet is becoming the most important preventable cause of chronic disease burden. Dietary patterns vary across neighborhoods as a function of policy, marketing, social support, economy, and the commercial food environment. Assessment of community-specific response to these socio-ecological factors is critical for the development and evaluation policy interventions and identification of nutrition inequality.

July 27, 2017

Civilian-military Collaboration: Department of Defense data in the BioSense Platform

The DoD provides daily outpatient and emergency room data feeds to the BioSense Platform within NSSP, maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data includes demographic characteristics and diagnosis codes for health encounter visits of Military Health System beneficiaries, including active duty, active duty family members, retirees, and retiree family members. NSSP functions through collaboration with local, state, and federal public health partners utilizing the BioSense Platform, an electronic health information system.

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August 15, 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

An Integrated Mosquito Surveillance Module in New York State

There were several stand-alone vector surveillance applications being used by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to support the reporting of mosquito, bird, and mammal surveillance and infection information implemented in early 2000s in response to West Nile virus. In subsequent years, the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS) and the Communicable Disease Electronic Surveillance System (CDESS) were developed and integrated to be used for surveillance and investigations of human infectious diseases and management of outbreaks.

July 10, 2017

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