Public Health Surveillance in New York City

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Richard Dicker
Date published
Jan, 2002
Last updated
22 Jan 2020


This case study addresses basic elements of the traditional reportable disease list as well as syndromic surveillance established after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this case study, the participant should be able to:

  • Define surveillance and identify the key features of a surveillance system;
  • Apply criteria for deciding which diseases should be included in a notifiable disease surveillance system;
  • List the types of information that should be collected on a surveillance case report form; and
  • Describe the differences between notifiable disease surveillance and syndromic surveillance.