Surveillance for Early Detection of Disease Outbreaks at an Outdoor Mass Gathering Virginia 2005
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2005). Surveillance for Early Detection of Disease Outbreaks at an Outdoor Mass Gathering: Virginia, 2005. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 55(3): 71-74.
This report details a sentinel disease surveillance system used to monitor injury and illness among more than 40,000 campers attending a 10-day event. The incidence of gastroenteritis was 22.2 per 1,000 (four clusters were discovered); nearly 15,000 heat-related events were recorded; and nearly 4,000 other injuries and illnesses were noted. These findings illustrate the importance and utility of health screening and surveillance at mass gatherings.