The Global Threat of New and Reemerging Infectious Diseases: Reconciling U.S. National Security and Public Health Policy

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Appendix
CDC SURVEILLANCE AND COLLECTION SYSTEMS

National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) is a database maintained by the CDC's Epidemiology Program Office. NNDSS is a mechanism for the collection and publication of surveillance data gathered by state health departments on specific diseases and conditions. The system is based on a list of notifiable diseases compiled annually by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with the CDC.1

National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) is a planned CDC disease surveillance network that will be developed from existing technology and data. It will be based on existing technology and will link critical healthcare facilities and components of the local emergency medical systems to public health agencies for ongoing pathogenic monitoring and reporting.2

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) is a program that assists state and local health departments in developing capabilities to

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The CDC's list of “notifiable” diseases is published annually in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as “Summary of Notifiable Diseases, United States.” Each year the CSTE recommends additions to and deletions from this list. Roush et al., “Mandatory Reporting of Diseases and Conditions by Health Care Professionals and Laboratories,” p. 164.
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U.S. Senate, statement by James Hughes made before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information Subcommittee on Youth Violence Committee on the Judiciary, April 20, 1999, and U.S. House of Representatives, statement made by Scott Lillibridge before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations Committee on Government Reform, September 22, 1999.

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