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Florida EIS Accomplishments

EIS Research Studies

Each Florida EIS class to date has participated in a research study related to health issues specific to residents and visitors of the state of Florida. EIS fellows spend one week collecting data that are later analyzed and written-up in a formal report.

Current Projects
(individual fellow's projects)

Past Projects
(The articles that are linked below will open in a new window.)

2013-2015

Healthiest Weight: A Life Course Approach, Summer 2014 Toni Hudson, MSPH

2011-2013

Measles Outbreak in an Unvaccinated Family and a Possibly Associated International Traveler-Orange County, Florida, December 2012-January 2013. MMWR. September 12, 2014 / 63(36);781-784, Slade TA, Klekamp BG, et al. 

Frequency and erroneous usage of temporary medical exemptions and knowledge of immunization guidelines among some Miami-Dade County Florida providers, June 14, 2014. Cruze, A, Zhang, G, Thomas, L, Alonso, J, Sandoval

Council for State and territorial Epidemioloigst Annual Conference, June 2012: Delay Mortality among cases of Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile Virus illness in Florida, 1999-2011, Michelle George, MPH.

Gastrointestinal illness among correctional facility inmates, Lake City, Florida, May 2012 FEHA article, Ben Klekamp, MSPH.

Florida Grand Rounds: October 30, 2012 - Immunization Guideline Knowledge and Practice Amont Selected Health Care Providers in Miami-Dade County. Presenters: Alazandria Cruze, MPH, CPH and Lakisha Thomas, MPH.

Florida Grand Rounds: March 2013 - Mystery Illness on the Savanna, Presenter: Ben KleKamp, MSPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes from the Field:Strongyloides Infection Among Patients at a Long-Term Care Facility- Florida, 2010-2012, MMWR 2013;62:844

Notes from the Field: Tuberculosis Cluster Associated with Homelessness-Duval County, Florida, 2004-2012

Florida Grand Rounds: July 2013 - Shigella flexneri Associated with MSM & HIV Presenter: Vincy Samuel, MPH

Florida Grand Rounds: September 2013 - Outbreak of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumona Infection in an Acute Care Hospita, Presenter: Jennifer Roth, MPH

Sherin K, Klekamp B, Beal J, Martin N. What Is New in HIV Infection? American Family Physician, 2014; 89(4)

Epi Update Issue November 2011: Investigation of a Cluster of Ullness Initially Attributed to a Chemical Exposure, Eminole County, August 2011, Michelle George, MPH

Epi Update Issue September 2012: Summary of Scabies Outbreak, Seminole County, August 2011 - July 2012, Michelle George, MPH.

2009-2011

Babesia in Florida: How Travel and Transfusion Facilitate Infection - Environmental Health Grand Rounds, March 2010

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Case Investigations in Duval and Orange Counties - February 2010 Epi Update (page 13)

What Every Asian American Should Know About Chronic Hepatitis B - January 2010

Spotlight on Hepatitis Prevention Programs at the Orange County Health Department - February 2010

Hepatitis B Vaccine and Prevention of Chronic Hepatitis B - March 2010

Alert System to Detect Possible School-based Outbreaks of Influenza-like Illness

Differences in ILI Chief Complaints among Patients Visiting the Emergency Department in Miami-Dade County from April-July 2008 to April-July 2009

Low Secondary Transmission of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) in Households Following an Outbreak at a Summer Camp: Relationship to Timing of Exposure

Raccoon Roundworms in Pet Kinkajous --- Three States, 1999 and 2010, MMWR, March 2011

2009 Epidemiology Annual Report: A Summary of Reportable Diseases in Seminole County

Assessing Awareness of 2009 Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Among Business Owners, Seminole County - Sept 2009 Epi-Update (page 1)

Case Analysis of Legionellosis, Seminole County, July 2009 - March 2010 Epi-Update (page 5)

Cysticercosis: An Emerging Parasitic Disease with Implications for Introduction into Non-Endemic Regions: Case Examples form Pasco County Health Department - May 2011 Epi-Update (page 7)

Brucella Exposure in Hospital Laboratory Workers - June 2010 Epi Update

Brucellosis in Florida, EPI Notes - February 2010

2008

2007 Seminole County Health Department Annual Epidemiology Morbidity Report

Assessment of Influenza Vaccination Rates among Long-term Care Facility Employees in Brevard County, Florida 2007

Brucellosis Associated with Feral Swine Hunting and Acquisition of a Laboratory Acquired Infection, Brevard County

Florida Injury Facts: Firearms

Importance of Bacterial Burden Among Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Carriers in a Long Term Care Facility

Infection control breakdown in a pain management facility: An outbreak of invasive S. aureus infections associated with misused single dose vials and other breaches in infection control (APHA, Oct 2008)

Malaria Among Recently Arrived Burundian Refugees: A Public Health Response

Miami Dade County Monthly Epi Report

Nasopharyngeal Tuberculosis: Characterization of Transmissibility in a College Classroom Setting (APHA, Oct 2008)

Public Health Preparedness Assessment of Polk County Veterinarians: A Pilot Study

Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in Pregnant Women: Miami-Dade County, 2004-2005

Pseudo-outbreak of Mycobacterium Abscessus Caused by Laboratory Contamination

Rabies PEP: Understanding the Challenges Counties Fact

2007

Acanthamoeba Keratitis -- Multiple States, 2005-2007

BioDefend™ Syndromic Surveillance System Influenza Activity Detection (Poster Presentation, ISDS Conference 2007)

Ciguatera Outbreak in Southwest Florida

Could Syndromic Surveillance Data Be Used Effectively with Other Data Sources?  A Transposable Local View (Oral Presentation, ISDS Conference 2007)

Early Detection of a North East Florida Red Tide, Karenia brevis, in Employees of a Nassau Beach Dredging Project (page 12) 

Evaluation of the Public Health Significance of Hydrogen Sulfide in Ambient Air near a Landfill in Bellview, Escambia County, FL

Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak at a Construction Site in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, June 2007 (page 4)

Norovirus Outbreak at a Homeless Shelter

Outbreak of Cutaneuous Larva Migrans at a Children's Camp - Miami, Florida 2006

Salmonellosis Trends in Miami-Dade County, 2000-2006 (pdf - 240KB)

Summary of Osceola County's 2006 Free Influenza Shot Event Survey 

Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus (VISA) Acquired in Florida 

2006

Analysis of Florida Toddler Pool Drowning Deaths

Community-Acquired MRSA Infection: An Update 

Comparison of ICD-9 Coded Chief Complaints and Diagnoses for Identifying Gastrointestinal Syndrome Using ESSENCE

Contact Dermatitis in Daycare Facilities

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak in a Nassau County Travel Group Returning from Ireland 

Florida Influenza Surveillance 

Florida Red Tide Beach Exposure Study 

Grand Rounds on 2004-2005 Florida Hurricane Mortality

Grand Rounds Presentation on Influenza Surveillance

Investigation of Chicken Pox at a County Jail 

Melioidosis Case Investigation

"Mortality Associated with Hurricane Katrina - Florida and Alabama - August-October 2005"

Nursing Home Influenza Surveillance in Duval County 

Rapid Community Health and Needs Assessments Following Hurricane Wilma: Broward and Hendry Counties

Salmonella Meningitis: Possible Association with Turtle

Salmonellosis in Collier County: A Geographic Analysis of Rates

Legionella Outbreak Investigation Associated with Hotel

Leptospirosis Outbreak Among Participants of Adventure Race

2005

Outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157:H7 Associated with Petting Zoos --- North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona, 2004 and 2005

MRSA in a Maternity and Delivery Ward at a Volusia County Hospital

Grand Rounds Presentation on Dengue Fever Investigation

Suspect Tularemia Case from Wild Rabbit in Pinellas County

Grand Round Presentation on Pertussis Outbreak During Hurricane Response

Outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Three Florida Petting Zoos

Outbreak of Hepatitis B Among Patients Receiving Chelation Therapy in Miami-Dade County

Influenza-like Illness Outbreak at a Long-term Care Facility,Volusia County, Florida, February 2005: Guidelines for Prevention and Control

Outbreak of Norovirus Gastroenteritis

Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health

Norovirus Outbreak at a Miami-Dade County University

Florida Influenza Surveillance 

Grand Rounds Presentation on MRSA

Home Sheltering During Hurricane Ivan: Risk Factors for Exposure to Probable Case of Meningococcal Disease

Fatal Rat Bite Fever -- Florida and Washington 2003

2004

An Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Gastroenteritis in a Stockade Facility, West Palm Beach, Florida

Vibrio vulnificus infections in Florida

SARS and Avian Influenza Update 

UV Exposure from Mercury Vapor Lamp

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Hurricane-Associated Use of Portable Generators --- Florida, 2004

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Morbidity and mortality from accidental falls in Collier County, Florida, 1997-2001

From data to action: Targeting Hispanic males for education & prevention of MVI
deaths in Collier County

Preliminary Medical Examiner Reports of Mortality Associated with Hurricane Charley --- Florida, 2004

Grand Rounds Presentation on Drug-Resistant Salmonella

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Escambia County Jail

Multifocal Autochthonous Transmission of Malaria - Florida, 2003

Grand Rounds Presentation on Hepatitis A Analysis

Chickenpox Diagnosed at Duval County Shelter

A Spatial Analysis of the Leading Causes of Childhood Morbidity in Florida

Polk County Experiences Outbreaks of Illness Associated With Exposure to Lake Water

Inspiratory stridor in female students at a high school in Tampa, Florida 

2003

Florida Red Tide Beach Exposure Study

Rip Current Study
During the summer of 2003, there was an increased number of drowning incidents that took place along the beaches of Florida's panhandle. The purpose of this study was to:

  • Examine the beach and surf conditions during the time of these events
  • Examine risk factors among the drown victims
  •  Assess beachgoers' understanding of beach conditions and surf safety systems
Link to write-up

Influenza Investigation at Sarasota Facility Finds Vaccination Rate an Issue

White Powder Investigation at Duval County Postal Facility Yields Training Opportunity

Outbreak of Scombroid/Histamine Poisoning From Consumption of Marlin Spoils Film Crew Visit

Traffic accidents disproportionally affect Hispanics in Collier

Grand Rounds Presentation on a Review of Adverse Events Related to Smallpox Vaccinations in Florida

An Investigation into a Salmonella Enterica serotype Typhimurium Outbreak in a BBQ Restaurant, Hillsborough County, June 18 - July 6, 2003 

Locally Acquired Malaria "Probable" in Palm Beach County

Vibrio Outbreak Discovered in Duval County

Viral Meningitis Outbreak Investigated in Alachua County

Shigellosis Outbreak Hits South Florida Day Care Center

Investigation of Blood Transfusion-Associated West Nile Virus Infection

Summary of an investigation of a gastroenteritis outbreak at a volleyball tournament in Orange County

Chickenpox Outbreak in a Hillsborough County Elementary School

Hepatitis A Outbreak In An Elementary School

2002

Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Associated With Skin Abscesses

Salmonella group C2 Outbreak in a Restaurant- Gainesville, Florida

Norwalk Virus Outbreak in a Hendry County Nursing Home, April 2002

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Outbreak Associated With Injections at a Podiatry Clinic

Knowledge and Attitudes About Bioterrorism and Smallpox

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