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Kira A. Christian, DVM, is a Veterinary Medical Epidemiologist, and Ray R. Arthur, PhD, is Director; both in the Global Disease Detection Operations Center, Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA. A. Danielle Iuliano, PhD, is a Senior Research Epidemiologist, and Timothy M. Uyeki, MD, is a Medical Epidemiologist; both in the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, GA. Eric D. Mintz, MD, is a Medical Epidemiologist, Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Enteric Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, GA. Stuart T. Nichol, PhD, is Chief, and Pierre Rollin, MD, is Team Lead; both in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, GA. J. Erin Staples, MD, PhD, is Medical Officer, Arboviral Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, Ft. Collins, CO. 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.
To better track public health events in areas where the public health system is unable or unwilling to report the event to appropriate public health authorities, agencies can conduct event-based surveillance, which is defined as the organized collection, monitoring, assessment, and interpretation of unstructured information regarding public health events that may represent an acute risk to public health. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC) was created in 2007 to serve as CDC's platform dedicated to conducting worldwide event-based surveillance, which is now highlighted as part of the "detect" element of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The GHSA works toward making the world more safe and secure from disease threats through building capacity to better "Prevent, Detect, and Respond" to those threats. Read More