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Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal


Volume 5: No. 4, October 2008

Internet-Based Morbidity and Mortality Surveillance Among Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Georgia

The figure is a map of Georgia that shows counties where Hurricane Katrina evacuee shelters were located and their relative capacities. Most of the shelters and those with the largest capacities were located in and around the Metro-Atlanta region in northern Georgia. The figure also shows location and relative number of hospitals that participated in early event detection. Three of these locations are in the Metro-Atlanta region, and 2 are on the southeastern coast of Georgia.

Figure 1. Locations and Occupancy of Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Shelters. Blue Line Indicates Boundaries of 18 Health Districts; “H” Indicates Location and Relative Number of Hospitals That Participated in Early Event Detection in Georgia, September 2005.

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Date Number of Cases
9/1/2005 2.99
9/2/2005 5.54
9/3/2005 7.58
9/4/2005 20.27
9/5/2005 43.48
9/6/2005 15.59
9/7/2005 21.21
9/8/2005 9.69
9/9/2005 7.29
9/10/2005 6.54
9/11/2005 4.96
9/12/2005 5.54
9/13/2005 2.92
9/14/2005 3.9
9/15/2005 2.78
9/16/2005 0
9/17/2005 0

Figure 2. Rate of Diarrhea or Vomiting Among Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Georgia Shelters, September 1-17, 2005. An Outbreak of Norovirus Was Detected in 1 Shelter on September 5 (75% of Specimens Were Positive for Norovirus). The Overall Rate of Diarrhea/Vomiting for the Period Was 9.35 cases/1,000 Resident-Days.

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The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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