Shandy Dearth, Executive Director of ISDS, provided an overview of the announcement regarding the closure of ISDS that was sent out on May 13, 2019.Facing decreasing reserve funds, the ISDS Board of Directors has recommended that ISDS end its operations and create a plan to use the remaining reserve funds to help other organizations carry forward the ISDS mission. Keep a look out for more information about the closure. At this time, the ISDS Staff and Board of Directors are working on a proposal to transfer resources and remaining funds to other organizations to carry forward the ISDS mission. View the full announcement here.
NSSP CoP Transition Update
Michael Coletta (CDC) provided an overview of the letter that was sent out to NSSP CoP Members on May 10, 2019. Facilitation of the National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) will transition from the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) to the CDC when the cooperative agreement between CDC and ISDS ends on June 30, 2019. It will be replaced by a new partner cooperative agreement being competed through CDC's Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support National Partnership (CSTLTS) cooperative agreement. To bridge the period between the two cooperative agreements, CDC will provide essential support to the NSSP CoP committees and workgroups (described in the FAQs). For more information about the NSSP CoP Transition, view the full letter here.
Additionally, on May 17, 2019, ISDS sent a letter discussing the transition of the NSSP CoP member information from ISDS to CDC. Specifically, ISDS will need your consent to transition your NSSP CoP member information to CDC.If you do not complete this consent form, your NSSP CoP member information will NOT be shared with CDC. Please look for this email (it may be in your junk folder) for your personalized link to the consent form.
Topic of the Month - Vector-borne Disease Surveillance
Alexis Barbarin, NC Division of Public Health, provided an overview of the recently reinstated tick-borne disease surveillance program in NC. This included a review of the collaborative efforts of both CDC and the NC Division of Public Health to bring sample testing in-house in NC.
Michael Doyle, NC Division of Public Health, reviewed the key mosquito-borne diseases currently trending in NC, including La Crosse Encephalitis, and the prevention & education efforts that are currently underway. NC is working with researchers to study the most effective methods for suppression of the vector as well as the development of insecticide resistance.
Mojisola Ojo, NJ Department of Health, shared efforts to utilize syndromic surveillance data to identify tick-related Emergency Department (ED) visits and to improve educational efforts. NJ has been working to refine their existing syndrome definition and to create a dashboard around this topic.
Grace Marx, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, presented a study comparing the incidence and timeliness of reporting Tick Bites and Lyme disease across DHSS regions in 2017.