NSSP Update – October 2022

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | October 2022

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program issues NSSP Update monthly to share the latest Community of Practice activities, technical and program updates, and ways in which syndromic surveillance is improving public health.

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Increase in Acute Respiratory Illnesses Among Children and Adolescents

Data from three surveillance sources indicated an ongoing rise in severe respiratory illness in children during the summer of 2022.

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Job Aids Consolidate Resources and Streamline Query Development

The Ultimate Guide for Site Administrators and Query Development: Community and Technical Resources includes many “best of” syndromic surveillance resources and practices.

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2022 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium

Free, virtual event to be held December 6–8, 2022. Please register by November 14, 2022.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

Monthly National-level Free-text ESSENCE Queries

Analysts can exercise a high level of customization by using free-text queries. They can quickly code free-text queries and rapidly respond to outbreaks, disasters, and health events that unfold. These word clouds capture free-text queries from a national perspective.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

Developing Syndrome Definitions

NSSP works with health departments, CDC programs, and others to develop and improve syndrome definitions. Here is a list of the syndromes being worked on now.

Mark Your Calendar

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The NSSP CoP Call Calendar lists the monthly NSSP Community of Practice call and subcommittee/group meetings. The CoP Call Calendar is maintained by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).
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The monthly patching schedule for Testing/Development and Onboarding/Production environments is posted in Technical Updates.