Surveillance System Detected Increased Respiratory Problems During Wildfires

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Surveillance System Detected Increased Respiratory Problems During Wildfires

MedPage Today, July 11, 2008 -- There was a spike in respiratory illnesses that coincided with the wildfires in San Diego County last October, found a nationwide biosurveillance system.
The BioSense system collects chief complaints of patients and physician diagnosis codes from emergency departments across the U.S. for use by public health officials and hospitals. A total of 540 non-federal hospitals and more than 1,100 federal facilities are contributing information to the system.
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