National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

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One way that national and international agencies are involved with state and local health departments is the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS), which is a nationwide collaboration that allows local, state, territorial, federal, and international health agencies to share information about disease-related issues. Health departments work with healthcare providers, hospitals, laboratories, and others to increase monitoring, control, and prevention of diseases which allows for collection, analysis, and sharing of data and works to increase awareness of potential outbreaks. By interacting with one another, public health agencies are able to provide up-to-date information for their constituents and can even have…show more content…
Within 48 hours, a team of professionals arrived at the spill location. From there, various health officials, including those from CDPHE worked to determine the hazards that the water might cause. The tests found typical mining contaminants and water hardness and pH were also tested. As determined by a variety of organizations, the Animas River was opened to the City of Durango and the public water systems were allowed to restart their water intake processes. An article containing frequently asked questions was released on the CDPHE website on August 14th, letting the public know where their drinking water came from, if the river was safe to get in based on CDPHE water and sediment testing, and other general answers to common questions (12). That same day, the La Plata County Sheriff opened Animas River for public uses with a health advisory attached. The next day, a press release warned farmers and ranchers against using irrigation ditches until they were flushed completely and the sediment had left the canals. On August 18th, information was about the spill impacts and what efforts were being taken to ensure public safety. The latest releases, both on September 2, 2015 dealt with the safety of the drinking water and provided information about drinking water safety and what the health agency officials found in the water and that the trout from the river were deemed safe to eat. Other services that are still in place include free water testing
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