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This paper continues an initiative conducted by the International Society for Disease Surveillance with funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to connect near-term analytical needs of public health practice with technical expertise from the global research community.  The goal is to... Read more

Content type: Journal Article

The emergence of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) in 2012 had placed a great concern on the public health institutions globally and in particular in the Arab region. The gaps in knowledge related to the novel virus put the healthcare systems in Qatar and the entire... Read more

Content type: Case Study

Heat related illness is the number one cause of human death in relation to extreme weather events in the United States, resulting in an average of 400 deaths per year over the past few decades. It is also expected that both the duration and intensity of these events will increase. The... Read more

Content type: Abstract

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), on behalf the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA; project number CB10190), hosts an annual intern- based web app development contest. Previous competitions have focused on mobile biosurveillance applications. The 2016 competition pivoted away from... Read more

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Chagas’ disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is spread mostly by Triatominae bugs. High carbon dioxide emission and strong infra-red (IR) radiation are indicative of their presence. Periods of low atmospheric water saturation favor their dispersal, when the bugs’ IR perception is... Read more

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When a chemical or biological agent with public health implications is detected in the City of Houston, analysis of syndromic surveillance data is an important tool for investigating the authenticity of the alert, as well as providing information regarding the extent of contamination.

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Accumulation of C. botulinum in soil occurs through excretion of bacterial spores from the intestines of humans, animals, birds and fish. In Georgia, during the winter season, the population consumes homemade vegetable preserves, which are made of locally produced (as well as imported)... Read more

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In most disadvantaged communities in Northern Nigeria, adolescent girls engage in economic activities so that they can save money for household items to be bought for them when they are given out for marriage. These girls right from before they reach teenage age hawk items which include ready-to... Read more

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One of the emerging priorities for the use of syndromic surveillance is for the monitoring of environmental health conditions. Heat-related illness (HRI) is of growing public health importance, particularly with climate change and anticipated increased frequency of heat waves. High ambient... Read more

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As part of this surveillance study for Avian Influenza both active and passive surveillance samples were tested using PCR and also utilized to validate the LAMP method. Active surveillance samples include pathological material and tracheal and cloacal swabs from ill poultry, which were... Read more

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