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Syndromic surveillance has been used been used as method of surveillance for various events in recent years. For example, post September 11th, 2001 anthrax attacks in New York City, World Youth Day in Toronto 2002, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics, Democratic National Convention Boston 2004, and the... Read more

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In September 2004, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health began a 2-year pilot project to develop and evaluate an Emergency Department Chief Complaint Syndromic Surveillance System in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Public Health Branch... Read more

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Geographic Information System (GIS) applications are increasingly being used for public health purposes. GIS technology provides visual tools – through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data – that can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making.... Read more

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Health care workers (HCWs) have an increased risk of exposure to infectious agents including (among others) tuberculosis, influenza, norovirus, and Clostridium difficile as a consequence of patient care1,2 Most occupational transmission is associated with violation of one or more basic... Read more

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In the current state of the health care system there is uneven access to primary care, and too many people struggling to navigate the system are receiving care in the hospital for issues that would be better dealt with in the community, and then are being readmitted to the hospital only days... Read more

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To inform health professionals and the public directly about real-time utilization of local Emergency Departments for respiratory and gastrointestinal illness to enable enhanced communication and collaboration between Public Health and health care workers.

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In 2012, Canada and other World Health Organization Member States endorsed the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, a global commitment to address health inequities by acting on the social, economic, environmental, and other factors that shape health. The Public Health... Read more

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This paper outlines the integration of hospital admission, Febrile Respiratory Illness (FRI) screening and Canadian Triage and Acuity Score (CTAS) data streams within an Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance system. These data elements allow better characterization of outbreak severity and... Read more

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Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides visual tools, through the creation of computerized maps, graphs, and tables of geographic data, which can assist with problem solving and inform decision-making. One of the GIS tools being developed by KFL&A Public Health is the Social... Read more

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This paper describes a novel approach to the statistical classification of free-text chief complaints for the purpose of syndromic surveillance.

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