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To illustrate how ESSENCE can been utilized to collaborate with healthcare practitioners in order to improve communicable disease reporting

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Visitors from areas outside Miami-Dade County have the potential to introduce diseases and/or strains of microorganisms circulating in their regions of residence. Immunocompromised and immunonaive travelers are at higher risk of contagion by locally transmitted pathogens. The first encounter... Read more

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The 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 9th to 12th graders in Miami-Dade County public schools found that 69.7% of students tried alcohol, 28.3% tried marijuana, and 6.3% tried cocaine in their lifetime. Results also showed that Hispanics had a higher percentage of usage when compared to Blacks... Read more

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When the Chicago Bears met the Indianapolis Colts for Super Bowl XLI in Miami in January, 2007, fans from multiple regions visited South Florida for the game. In the past, public health departments have instituted heightened local surveillance during mass gatherings due to concerns about... Read more

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Syndromic surveillance is an investigational approach used to monitor trends of illness in communities. It relies on pre-diagnostic health data rather than laboratory-confirmed clinical diagnoses. Its primary purpose is to detect disease outbreaks, incidents and unusual public health events... Read more

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In 2005, three hurricanes made landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Wilma having the most severe impact on Miami-Dade County. Syndromic surveillance is typically used to detect bioterrorism or natural disease outbreaks before specific diagnoses are made. After Wilma, however, the Miami-Dade... Read more

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Although Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics (ESSENCE) provides tools to detect a significant alert regarding an unusual public health event, combining that information with other surveillance data, such as 911 calls, school absenteeism and... Read more

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The Miami-Dade County Health Department currently utilizes Emergency Department based Syndromic surveillance data, 911 Call Center data, and more recently Public School Absenteeism data. Daily monitoring of school absenteeism data may enhance early outbreak detection in Miami-Dade County in... Read more

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The threat of pandemic and seasonal influenza has drawn attention to syndromic surveillance systems for early detection of influenza-like illness. Since 2005, the Miami-Dade County Health Department has implemented ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-... Read more

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Guoyan Zhang and Anthony Llau, Miami-Dade County Health Department, have been instrumental in developing the School-Based Absentee Surveillance System (SBASS), which uses school absentee data to identify outbreaks as part of syndromic surveillance. Gail Potter focuses on developing analytical... Read more

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