NSSP Update – June 2023
A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | June 2023
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.
SYNDROMIC SURVEILLANCE IN ACTION
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health practitioners encouraged the use of hand sanitizers to prevent spread of the virus. However, methanol poisonings associated with swallowing hand sanitizer increased—and, left untreated, could result in death. Arizona took an integrated view across data sources to track methanol poisonings.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We explain NSSP’s agreement with a national lab, data flow and frequency, health conditions covered, specimen identifiers, and more.
New to Syndromic Surveillance?
For new site admins, we have a job aid for easing into your new role. New staff? Read “Tips for Engaging Staff.” New to NSSP? Check out these resources to learn about syndromic surveillance, especially the new training series titled Introduction to Syndromic Surveillance Methodology.
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.