Public health surveillance for mass gatherings

Joseph S. Lombardo, Carol A. Sniegoski, Wayne A. Loschen, Matthew Westercamp, Michael Wade, Shandy Dearth, Guoyan Zhang

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Mass gatherings represent specific challenges for public health officials because of the health risks associated with crowd size and dura-tion of stay. In addition, population movement requires public health departments to interact across jurisdictional boundaries to identify risks and disease-management solutions. However, federal privacy laws restrict the sharing of patient data among public health departments in multiple jurisdictions. This article examines previous disease surveillance practices by public health officials in planning for mass events and describes a simple approach for sharing health-risk information that was employed in 2007 during Super Bowl XLI by the health departments of Indiana, Marion County, Cook County, and Miami-Dade County.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-355
Number of pages9
JournalJohns Hopkins APL Technical Digest (Applied Physics Laboratory)
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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