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To highlight the key role of Emergency Department syn-dromic surveillance in linking acute care and public health, thus enabling collaborative detection, monitoring and management of a local food borne outbreak.

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In 2003, with the advent of SARS, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released a document mandating the use of a clinical screening tool to detect patients at high risk for having a febrile respiratory illness (FRI), defined as a temperature of > 38ºC and a new or... Read more

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Influenza epidemics occur seasonally, impose a high economic burden on the health care system, and are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality (1). The past century has seen three influenza A pandemics with variable severity. The recent outbreaks of avian influenza involving... Read more

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Presented December 6, 2016


Dr. Kieran Moore and Dr. Paul Belanger presented the following slides during the 2016 ISDS Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This presentation provides an overview of integrating Social Determinates of Health (SDOH) into Syndromic Surveillance and... Read more

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The prompt detection of disease outbreaks is a major concern to public health as it has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality (1). Real-time syndromic surveillance uses existing non-traditional data for timely analysis and feedback to those responsible for investigations and follow-up... Read more

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The Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance (ACES) system provides syndromic surveillance for Ontario's acute care hospitals. ACES receives over 99% of acute care records for emergency department (ED) visits; mean daily volume is 17,500 visits. ACES uses a maximum entropy classifier and generates more... Read more

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The objectives of this consultation, supported by the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), were to develop expert, consensus-based recommendations to promote Canadian and U.S. collaboration in using syndromic surveillance (SS) to detect, assess, monitor, or respond to potential... Read more

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A retrospective chart review was performed to examine chief complaint, syndrome classification and discharge diagnoses of laboratory confirmed Salmonella Enteritidis phage type (PT) 13 cases who visited the Emergency Departments (ED) of two local hospitals during a province-wide outbreak in... Read more

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To retrospectively ascertain whether a parallel or consensus monitoring approach is better suited to multistream surveillance of influenza in Ontario.

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The objectives of the two day International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) funded consultation were to develop expert, consensus-based recommendations that address specific, unanswered questions that hinder advances in cross border syndromic surveillance. The consultation included a... Read more

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