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Notice to Readers: National Syndromic Surveillance Conference

The National Syndromic Surveillance Conference will be held September 23--24, 2002, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. The conference is sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and CDC, with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Recent bioterrorism events have highlighted the need for improved public health surveillance systems to detect outbreaks. Systems using real-time electronic surveillance of nonspecific disease indicators (i.e., syndromic surveillance) might provide early warning of large outbreaks, whether intentional or occurring naturally. The conference will provide public, private, and academic entities with a forum to evaluate syndromic surveillance critically and assist public health entities in defining their needs and priorities. Poster and presentations will address syndromic surveillance in the context of national and local public health, CDC guidelines for evaluating syndromic surveillance systems, model syndromic surveillance systems, temporal and temporal-spatial outbreak detection, nontraditional data sources, systems with dedicated data collection, data transfer and transformation, legal mandate and confidentiality, and investigation of syndromic alarms.

Registration information is available at Deadlines are August 16 for abstracts and September 20 for registration. Additional information is available from Jessica Hartman at, telephone 212-788-4340, fax 212-788-5470.

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