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Nationally, deaths due to opioid overdose have continually increased for the past 15 years . Deaths specifically related to heroin increased more than four-fold between 2002 and 2014. Hospital inpatient discharge data provide information on non-fatal overdoses, but include a significant lag in... Read more

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Obesity and related chronic diseases cost Canadians several billion dollars annually. Dietary intake, and in particular consumption of carbonated sweetened drinks (soda), has a strong effect on the incidence of obesity and other illness. Marketing research suggests that in-store promotion, and... Read more

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An epidemic of ebolavirus in West Africa, which was first identified in March 2014, is now the largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak on record. On 8 August 2014, the WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). As of 4 September... Read more

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In 2005, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) began using the Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE) as an emergency department (ED)-based local syndromic surveillance program (LSSP); 23 (100%) of 23 hospitals in suburban... Read more

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Under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR [2005]) one of the eight core capacities is public health surveillance. In May 2012, despite a concerted effort by the global community, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported out that a significant number of member states would not... Read more

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Each year, more than two-thirds of all fireworksrelated injuries occur during June 16-July 16 [1]. During the 2006 July 4th holiday weekend, thousands of people were treated in emergency departments (EDs) for fireworks-related injuries [2]. Over 50% of these injuries were burns, most often... Read more

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Following the lead established by the UKís NHS Direct Syndromic Surveillance system as well as the SARS Reportís desire to ìbroaden the information veillance tool,î (1) we are retrospectively evaluating the value of Ontarioís Telehealthís health helpline as a syndromic surveillance system... Read more

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Tanzania has a disease surveillance infrastructure with national, regional and district offices for human and animal disease surveillance. Electricity shortages and limited communications infrastructure create a challenge for a rapid information exchange of the disease surveillance information.... Read more

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As a participant in the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has worked closely with our statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) and National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) technical staff to collect and transmit... Read more

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Influenza-like illness (ILI) remains a significant public health burden to both the general public and the U.S. Department of Defense. Military personnel are especially susceptible to disease outbreaks owing to the often-crowded living quarters, substantial geographic movement, and physical... Read more

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