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Recent extreme weather events have caused serious health and social problems across Europe. During the summer heat waves of 2003 across Europe, France recorded an excess of over 14,000 deaths contributed to heat-related causes. Other countries such as Italy and Portugal experienced over 3,000... Read more

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There exists no standard set of syndromes for syndromic surveillance, and available syndromic case definitions demonstrate substantial heterogeneity of findings constituting the definition. Many syndromic case definitions require the presence of a syndromic finding (e.g., cough or diarrhea) and... Read more

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Comparison of heat-related health effects across regions or among different syndromic surveillance systems is problematic due to the lack of a standardized heat-related syndrome definition. While a national standard for common heat-related syndromes would facilitate data comparisons, local... Read more

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Information is imperative to detecting and intervening in a disease outbreak, but the enormous amount of information that public health leaders must sift through can become overwhelming and obstructive. In the disease outbreak environment, it is imperative to understand which sources of... Read more

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One of the key questions in health economics is what is the direction of causality: does poverty cause poor health outcomes; does low education cause poor health outcomes; does poor health result in lack of productivity; does poor health cause poor educational and income outcomes; and how is... Read more

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Statutory veterinary disease surveillance generally focuses on food animals with only minimal resources committed to companion animals. However, the close contact between owners and pets suggests that disease surveillance in these species could benefit both animal and human health.

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The International Health Regulations (2005) came into effect in 2007 and mandate that each signatory country be capable of detecting, analyzing, reporting, and responding to a public health event of international concern by 2012. Some countries are capable of this at present, but these are... Read more

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Pneumonia, an infection of the lung due to bacterial, viral or fungal pathogens, is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the past few decades, the threat of emerging pathogens presenting as pneumonia, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, avian influenza A(H5N1) and... Read more

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The PLOS Disease Forecasting and Surveillance Channel debuted on November 28, bringing together two related but distinct research communities – disease forecasting and syndromic surveillance. The Channel features research and commentary from PLOS journals and the broader literature. Explore... Read more

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New York City ED syndromic surveillance data uses SaTScan to detect spatial signals. SaTScan analysis has been integrated into SAS since 2002, and signal maps have been generated from SAS since 2003. Signal maps are created occasionally to investigate a severe outbreak based on the SaTScan... Read more

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