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In 2004, the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD), which serves a county population over 890,000, began using a real time syndromic surveillance system, ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics) to assist in detecting possible... Read more

Content type: Abstract

Presented November 31, 2017 by the Oregon Poison Center and Oregon Public Health Division Monitoring.


Sandy Giffin, RN, MS, Director, Oregon Poison Center

Laurel Boyd, MPH, ESSENCE Epidemiologist, Oregon Public Health Division

Content type: Webinar

In preparation for mass gathering events, DPH conducts enhanced syndromic surveillance activities to detect potential cases of anthrax, tularemia, plague, and other potentially bioterrorism-related communicable diseases. While preparing for Saint Louis to host a Presidential Debate on October 9... Read more

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Florida has implemented various surveillance methods to augment existing sources of surveillance data and enhance decision making with timely evidence based assessments to guide response efforts post-hurricanes. Historically, data collected from deployed federal assets have been an integral part... Read more

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This syndrome was developed for enhanced surveillance during the National Collegiate Athletic Association Final Four games and related events in Maricopa County in 2017. In addition to the Final four games, Maricopa County hosted several related events including a multi day music festival and... Read more

Content type: Syndrome

This syndrome was developed for enhanced surveillance during a 2017 U.S. President rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Terms were included based on events at previous rallies in other cities. The query was created using chief complaint field in NSSP ESSENCE.

Content type: Syndrome

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