Informing U.S. Federal Public Health Preparation for Emerging Virus Pandemic Threats at Ports of Entry – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Thursday, December 12, 2013; 9:50 – 10:10am


Grand Ballroom B


Andrew Hickey, National Biosurveillance Integration Center

Abstract Summary

Emerging infectious diseases may disseminate internationally to the DHS workforce and/or domestic U.S. population. The growth of air travel facilitates rapid movement of people over international boundaries, enabling infected persons to travel great distances while potentially infectious to others. Analysts reviewed data from multiple sources to determine disease characteristics, spatial distribution, and frequency of occurrence for MERS-CoV and H7N9 flu. Timely identification of major ports of entry for international travelers from regions of disease emergence and integration of biosurveillance analysis are essential for protecting personnel, ensuring appropriate resource allocation, and supporting public health intervention strategies.

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Abstract Citation

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. 2014; 6(1). 

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