ISDS Webinar – May 7, 2015 Double Header: Super Bowl Surveillance

Game Plan: Communicable Disease Surveillance for Super Bowl XLVIII – New Jersey, 2014 


Enhanced Epidemiologic Surveillance Efforts for Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl related events in Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015

Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM GMT)


Teresa Hamby, MSPH

Data Analyst, Communicable Disease Service

New Jersey Department of Health

Aurimar Ayala, MPH


Office of Epidemiology

Maricopa County Department of Public Health


In the summer of 2013, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) began planning for Super Bowl XLVIII to be held on February 2, 2014, in Met Life Stadium, located in the Meadowlands of Bergen County in northeast New Jersey.  NJDOH Staff participated in the larger planning committee of the Department which was further coordinated at the state level by the New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

A principal component of NJDOH’s Super Bowl surveillance activities included the utilization of an existing online syndromic surveillance system, EpiCenter.  EpiCenter, developed by Health Monitoring Systems, Inc. (HMS), incorporates statistical management and analytical techniques to process health-related data in real time.  This presentation will review how surveillance activities were planned and implemented and discusses outcomes and post-event conclusions.

Super Bowl XLIX took place on February 1st, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. In preparation for this large scale public event and related event activities, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) was tasked with developing a plan for enhanced surveillance, situational awareness and methods for early detection of public health emergencies and outbreaks. A Public Health and Medical Resource Work Group and an Epidemiology Work Group with local, state and federal partners were organized and monthly meetings to discuss epidemiologic surveillance activities and develop a plan took place from July 2014 to January 2015. Fiesta Bowl (December 31st, 2014) scheduled to take place in the same location as Super Bowl, was selected to pilot test epidemiologic surveillance strategies.

Epidemiologic surveillance strategies were developed and coordinated to monitor levels of disease activity and provide situational awareness during Pro Bowl (January 25th, 2015), NFL Experience and Super Bowl Central (January 24th, 2015 through February 1st, 2015) and Super Bowl.  Surveillance strategies were successfully tested during Fiesta Bowl. Field surveillance collected information on 4 distinct syndromes (gastrointestinal, respiratory, dermatological and neurological) as well as injuries. An aberration detection system was developed to detect increases in illness reported to the Arizona Medical Electronic Disease Surveillance System. Enhanced surveillance alerts for increases in illness were sent to healthcare partners and were in place during all monitored events.  An enhanced animal surveillance network was also established. Biosense was monitored for syndromic surveillance at participating facilities. The Arizona Prehospital Information and EMS Registry System was also monitored for selected syndromes. Influenza-like illness surveillance for sentinel sites was in place. Poison Control Center data and mortality surveillance within an all hazards approach was also coordinated. MCDPH also monitored foodborne outbreaks and produced a daily outbreak report. Syndromic surveillance in hotels and urgent cares located within a 5 mile radius of the events was also conducted. In addition, the NFL clinic provided daily reports to MCDPH. The MCDPH Public Health Incident Command Center was activated and the Intelligence Section, responsible for epidemiologic surveillance, produced a daily Intelligence Section Report summarizing results from all surveillance efforts.


Learn more about this webinar on ISDS’s website.


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