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BioSense Data in Action

2012 Dengue Detection Project in Florida and Hawaii

  • Data from BioSense were used to enhance surveillance for dengue infection by identifying instances of persons seeking care at VA facilities who showed dengue-like signs and symptoms, such as fever, rash, headache, and unexplained bleeding. Health officials in Florida and Hawaii, the VA, and in CDC’s Dengue Branch were notified when a possible dengue case was identified.

2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill

  • During the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the BioSense program helped CDC monitor for illnesses, disease outbreaks, or harmful effects of exposure to oil or clean-up chemicals. In coordination with state and local jurisdictions in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas; and the VA and DoD, the BioSense Program worked with the CDC Emergency Operations Center to monitor for 21 conditions, including several mental health conditions. BioSense helped produce daily situation awareness reports for state and local responders in affected states.

2009-2010 H1N1 Flu Pandemic

graph of BioSense: Pandemic and Seasonal Flu Activity April 2009-October 2011)
  • From the beginning of the H1N1 flu pandemic in April 2009, BioSense provided vital information from participating U.S. civilian hospital emergency departments, laboratories, and pharmacies to the CDC Emergency Operations Center, CDC’s Influenza Division, and state and local public health departments. BioSense helped CDC monitor the distribution, severity, and variability of flu-related emergency department visits across the country. This ongoing situation awareness helped CDC then make decisions about immunization recommendations, school and public building closures, and other response steps.