Utility of System Generated Syndromic Surveillance Alerts to Detect Reportable Disease Outbreaks

Carrie Eggers, Aaron Kite-Powell, Janet Hamilton


In light of recent outbreaks of pertussis, the ability of Florida Department of Health's (FDOH) Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE-FL) to detect emergent disease outbreaks was examined. Florida's syndromic surveillance system, ESSENCE-FL, has the capacity to monitor reportable disease case data from Merlin, the Bureau of Epidemiology's secure web-based reporting and epidemiologic analysis system. In this study we determine the utility of ESSENCE-FL system generated disease alerts originally designed for use with emergency department chief complaint data to reportable disease data to assist in timely detection of outbreaks to promote appropriate response measures.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v5i1.4547

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