Near Real-Time Monitoring of Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance Data During the 2013 Super Bowl and Mardi Gras Events in New Orleans, LA

Jenna Iberg Johnson, Julie Hand, Raoult Ratard


The Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) conducts emergency department (ED) syndromic surveillance using Louisiana Early Event Detection System (LEEDS). LEEDS automatically processes electronic chief complaint and diagnosis data to identify ED visits indicative of specific syndromes. OPH monitored LEEDS for infectious disease and injury syndromes during the 2013 Super Bowl and Mardi Gras activities in New Orleans. C2 and CPA were used to detect syndrome aberrations. This surveillance provided essential situational awareness necessary to indicate if and when the utilization of public health resources may have been needed to prevent additional injury and illness.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *