AbstractPreparing for extreme heat events and monitoring their effects on public health is a vital role for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS). Since heat-related illnesses are not a reportable condition in the state of Texas, this study is aimed at evaluating the ability of a syndromic surveillance system (RODS) to detect heat-related illnesses during heat event of the years 2009-2012 as well as identifying the areas of Houston that had the highest incidence of heat-related morbidity. Preliminary results indicate that RODS was able detected an increase in heat-related illnesses during the record-setting summer of 2011.
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