Michael Coletta(CDC) provided an update on the NSSP pilot between the Department of Defense and the Virginia Department of Health and reminded community members that SAS Studio has been released on the BioSense Platform. The recording of the overview webinar highlighting this new feature can be found in theSurveillance Knowledge Repository.
Additionally, The NSSP Team will be hosting a webinar on Acute Flaccid Myelitis on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2pm. If you are not able to join the webinar live, be sure to look out for the recording to be posted in theWebinar Library.
ISDS did not provide a Website Insights during this call but you can find the answers to many website-related questions on theFrequently Asked Questions page. Look for theGreenVideo Icon for video demonstrations of many features!
Topics of the month: Winter Surveillance
Kathryn Lane, Matthew Roach (Arizona), and Hayleigh McCall, provided an update on the creation and validation of the Cold-Related Illness (CRI) syndrome and Implementation Guide (IG) currently being developed by the CSTE Heat and Cold Syndrome Workgroup. This syndrome has been shown to be a "useful indicator of morbidity" and provides "timely situational awareness" of CRI trends. The IG is currently under review by CSTE and should be published in theSurveillance Knowledge Repositorysoon. Additionally, the authors hope to submit the syndrome to theSyndrome Definition Committeefor approval and posting to theSyndrome Library.
Noreen Alabi (CDC) shared background on the development and expansion of the ILINet system and its integration with ESSENCE. Currently, 5 states have shared access with CDC allowing their data to be pulled directly from ESSENCE and uploaded into ILINet by CDC. The ILINet team is continuously working towards more robust and stable ILINet reporting as well as validating new and existing data sources.
Fatema Mamou(Michigan) shared how the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services uses syndromic surveillance to monitor Carbon Monoxide exposures/poisonings following weather-related events like an ice storm in 2013. Based on this situational surveillance, MDHHS is able to provide targeted communications/warnings to the public about CO Poisoning risks when weather-related events occur.