Infectious Disease Surveillance

S. Carolina taps lead COVID-19 doctor for public health role | The Washington Times | 9/11/2020

Rober Mueller’s staff wiped clean smartphones before returning them to DOJ Traxler is a certified surgeon who has served as a physician for the DHEC in infectious disease surveillance and control and emergency preparedness and response. An agency statement released Friday morning said Traxler was assuming the role effective immediately, while Duwve will remain in an advisory role until Oct. 1. Duwve’s planned move to Ohio quickly unraveled on Thursday …

Outbreak linked to Killington party grows to 17 cases, health officials say | 9/4/2020

… a break from tilting way up to film. Dr. Levin, who had a conflicting appointment this morning, I’m not a medical doctor. I’m the Vermont State epidemiologist. My team and I are responsible for infectious disease surveillance , prevention and control for infectious diseases of public health importance. We respond to things like cases of pertussis in schools and child care’s measles exposures among travelers. Foodborne disease outbreaks, HIV and sexually …

US to revive research program for emerging diseases | Becker’s Hospital Review | 8/31/2020

The U.S. will implement a new version of an infectious disease surveillance program that expired last fall, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, reports The New York Times. The United States Agency for International Development halted funding for the Predict program in October 2019, which identified potentially dangerous animal viruses that could spread to humans. The program launched in 2009 in response to 2005’s H5N1 bird flu …

Amazon and Congo Basin Focus of New Emerging Infectious Disease Research Center | 8/28/2020

… pathogen transmission, pathogenesis and immunologic responses in the host, and will develop reagents and diagnostic assays for improved detection for important emerging pathogens and their vectors. “Our center brings together leading experts in emerging infectious disease surveillance with a One Health approach,” said lead principal investigator Christine Kreuder Johnson, director of the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics at the UC Davis One Health Institute . “When the world emerges from the COVID …

“A Menace to the Public Health” — Contact Tracing and the Limits of Persuasion | NEJM | 8/28/2020

… a vast workforce of sanitary inspectors was assembled in the United States and especially in the United Kingdom. At the time, the United Kingdom was acknowledged as a leader in the creation of an infectious disease surveillance system of notification, isolation, disinfection, and case finding. If its early efforts are anything to go by, something more than just persuasion will be required today. From the mid-19th century, local U.K …

Amazon and Congo Basin Focus of New Emerging Infectious Disease Research Center | 8/27/2020

… pathogen transmission, pathogenesis and immunologic responses in the host, and will develop reagents and diagnostic assays for improved detection for important emerging pathogens and their vectors. “Our center brings together leading experts in emerging infectious disease surveillance with a One Health approach,” said lead principal investigator Christine Kreuder Johnson, director of the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics at the UC Davis One Health Institute . “When the world emerges from the COVID …

NIAID funds new partner center | 8/27/2020

… Together, we will seek to improve our understanding of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and develop a scalable response network to rapidly address outbreaks. “COVID-19 has made it abundantly clear that proactive infectious disease surveillance should be an ongoing priority, along with better local and global strategies for detecting, mitigating and preventing outbreaks,” says Kristian Andersen, PhD , Vice President of the VHFC, and one of seven key investigators …

University of Kansas Deploys Black & Veatch’s Rapid Modular Health System Units to Combat COVID-19 | Business Wire | 8/27/2020

… the RaMHS containers amplifies Black & Veatch’s innovation in addressing biologically and medically dangerous threats. Through the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Biological Threat Reduction Program, for example, the company already has been providing infectious disease surveillance and biological sample management to more than 20 countries around the globe. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year …

Federal Agencies Announce National Wastewater Surveillance System for COVID-19 | 8/26/2020

… them by providing an efficient pooled community sample; data for communities where timely COVID-19 clinical testing is underutilized or unavailable; and data at the sub-county level. What are the advantages of wastewater infectious disease surveillance ? Sewage testing has been successfully used as a method for early detection of other diseases, such as polio. SARS-CoV-2 can be shed in the feces of individuals with symptomatic or asymptomatic …

We Need a Public Health Revolution | 8/21/2020

… have improved millions of lives. Yet in many ways these mattered less than more mundane practices: proper sanitation, food inspection, tobacco control, universal vaccination, HIV prevention. We take for granted an entire apparatus of infectious disease surveillance and screening, outbreak investigation, and so much more. These and other essential activities, which we group under the rubric “public health,” are performed through a complex and fragile infrastructure operated through the Centers …

Do changes in STEC diagnostics mislead interpretation of disease surveillance data in Switzerland? Time trends in positivity, 2007 to 2016 | 8/20/2020

… 2020. Available from: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/shiga-toxin-verocytototoxin-escherichia-coli-annual-epidemiological-report-2018.pdf Schmutz C. Foodborne diseases in Switzerland: Understanding the burden of illness pyramid to improve Swiss infectious disease surveillance [dissertation]. Basel, Switzerland: University of Basel, Faculty of Science; 2018. Buchholz U , Bernard H , Werber D , Böhmer MM , Remschmidt C , Wilking H , et al. German outbreak of Escherichia coli O104:H4 associated with …

The data of a pandemic: how has data influenced our understanding of COVID-19? | 8/7/2020

… epidemiological model developed by researchers at Imperial College London (UK) that predicted that, should the UK continue on their original trajectory, it could result in upwards of 250,000 deaths. Across the globe, data-driven infectious disease surveillance and prediction modeling became key for determining government policy, and models were created for different countries, scenarios and policies utilizing all data available. Publicly available data sets, such as this one maintained by …

Institutionalized data quality assessments: a critical pathway to improving the accuracy of integrated disease surveillance data in Sierra Leone | 8/7/2020

… and trigger response activities. It also guides allocation of resources, evaluation of public health interventions, policies and strategies [ 1 ]. Policy makers and public health agencies rely on good quality data to make decisions. In infectious disease surveillance and response, reliable, valid, timely, complete and accurate health information is essential for early detection and control of outbreaks [ 2 ]. The revised International Health Regulations (2005), require state parties to build public health …

Past as Prologue | 7/26/2020

… Approaches for consideration could include simplifying current reporting forms and procedures, establishing a telephone hotline by which physicians could report unusual syndromes, and using electronic patient data collected by insurance companies to assist in infectious disease surveillance . The report opened with: In May 1989, Rockefeller University, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Fogarty International Center co-sponsored a conference on emerging viral agents. Although the conference …

Tasso raises funds for at-home blood collection device manufacturing | 7/23/2020

… their own blood and send it to a CLIA-certified, high-complexity clinical laboratory for analysis. Currently, the products are being validated for a range of applications such as routine diagnostics, chronic disease monitoring, infectious disease surveillance , athletic and sports testing and virtual clinical trials. Tasso CEO and co-founder Ben Casavant said: “The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the surging demand for more diagnostic solutions that are patient-friendly and …

Detecting the outbreak of influenza based on the shortest path of dynamic city network | 7/20/2020

… in Hokkaido. It is showed that SP-DNM accurately predicted each influenza outbreak averagely 4 weeks ahead in Tokyo and 6 weeks ahead in Hokkaido. The data of Tokyo was obtained from Tokyo Metropolitan Infectious Disease Surveillance Center ( http://survey.tokyo-eiken.go.jp/epidinfo/weeklyhc.do ), including the number of clinic visits every week in a year from 23 region. The data of Hokkaido was obtained from Hokkaido Infectious Disease Surveillance Center ( http …

Airbnb COVID-19 refund struggles anger guests after cancellations | USA Today | 6/25/2020

Evan Skowronski was supposed to stay in a Connecticut Airbnb this month with his wife after booking their stay in January. Because of the coronavirus pandemic , the couple opted to cancel their trip in April. Skowronski, 53, a scientist working on infectious disease surveillance , canceled the booking outside of the company’s extenuating circumstances policy , which promises refunds or travel credits. He had been caught up in a back and forth …

Airbnb COVID-19 refund struggles anger guests after cancellations | 6/25/2020

… a Connecticut Airbnb this month with his wife after booking their stay in January. Because of the coronavirus pandemic , the couple opted to cancel their trip in April. Skowronski, 53, a scientist working on infectious disease surveillance , canceled the booking outside of the company’s extenuating circumstances policy , which promises refunds or travel credits. He had been caught up in a back and forth with the company and his host in …

Pandemic management – room for improvement at ground control? | MobiHealthNews | 6/24/2020

… or partially covered by digital solutions, and second because there is a certain tension between what might be desirable in terms of public health and what is necessary to protect an individual ’ s privacy. Infectious disease surveillance by social media monitoring? So let us take a closer look . Most importantly, there are very different types of COVID-19 related public health apps. At least some of the recent COVID-19 …

Jeff Bethel abides | 6/12/2020

… groups of people, how to reduce rates of disease, and how to prepare for and reduce the impact on human health from disaster. Jeff, who previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning, studies how vector- and water-borne diseases are impacted by a changing climate, as well as the health impacts of natural disasters and disease outbreaks. When Oregon State’s …

Right time, right place, right researcher | 6/12/2020

… groups of people, how to reduce rates of disease, and how to prepare for and reduce the impact on human health from disaster. Jeff, who previously worked as an epidemiologist at the CDC conducting infectious disease surveillance studies and pandemic influenza planning, studies how infectious diseases are impacted by a changing climate, as well as the health impacts of natural disasters and disease outbreaks. When Oregon State’s TRACE-COVID-19 …

EPIDEMIOLOGIST III (Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist) - #20-003643-0002 | 6/9/2020

19 LOCATION OF POSITION MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response (CIDSOR)/IDEORB, Baltimore, Maryland Main Purpose of Job This position will serve as a Senior Epidemiologist/Public Health Surveillance Informatics Specialist in the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)’s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)’s Division of Infectious Disease Surveillance . This position will be responsible for designing, monitoring, evaluating, and improving …

Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – TechCrunch | 6/5/2020

… 19 symptom tracker, was created by epidemiologists and software developers within the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Boston Children’s Hospital team has background and expertise in developing platforms in infectious disease surveillance , and provides technical capacity in building visualization-based tools for public health response efforts. The COVID Near You team aims to support public health surveillance measures of COVID-19 and conduct research using …

Increasing testing throughput and case detection with a pooled-sample Bayesian approach in the context of COVID-19 | 4/5/2020

Rapid and widespread implementation of infectious disease surveillance is a critical component in the response to novel health threats. Molecular assays are the preferred method to detect a broad range of pathogens with high sensitivity and specificity. The implementation of molecular assay testing in a rapidly evolving public health emergency can be hindered by resource availability or technical constraints. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the applicability of …

Statement on COVID-19 Response | 4/1/2020

… non-medical staff are working remotely from home. The following is a summary of our actions to date : Responding to a Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Patient Our Communications Center (OCD) is utilizing the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) tool to assist with identifying suspected COVID-19 patients. Working in tandem with Kern County’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC), EIDS helps dispatchers in ascertaining if a patient is exhibiting signs or symptoms …

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Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – TechCrunch | 6/5/2020

… Share on Twitter Connor Spelliscy is Director of New Platforms at Hangar , a partner at Connectivity Fund and helps lead COVID-19 Tech Task Force initiatives. John Borthwick Contributor Share on Twitter John Borthwick is … Hospital team has background and expertise in developing platforms in infectious disease surveillance, and provides technical capacity in building visualization-based tools for public health response efforts. The COVID Near You team aims to support …

Black & Veatch’s Incubator Launches Campaign for Coronavirus Solutions | Business Wire | 3/30/2020

… Veatch initiative is leading a push to find and collaborate with startups and other innovators to expedite solutions that soften COVID-19’s impact on communities, with the hope that the future applications also extend … Biological Threat Reduction Program, Black & Veatch already has been providing infectious disease surveillance and biological sample management to more than 20 countries around the globe. About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering …