Informing U.S. Federal Public Health Preparation for Emerging Virus Pandemic Threats at Ports of Entry

Andrew Hickey, Diana Wong, Janet Hendricks, Michael Stephens, Erik Pedersen, Deborah Carr, Kandis Brown, Christopher Grant, Jamie Hobson, Jessica Ruble, William Albrecht, Tajah Blackburn, Afif Marouf, Todd Bodenhamer, Julie Waters, Mark Freese


Emerging infectious diseases may disseminate internationally to the DHS workforce and/or domestic U.S. population. The growth of air travel facilitates rapid movement of people over international boundaries, enabling infected persons to travel great distances while potentially infectious to others. Analysts reviewed data from multiple sources to determine disease characteristics, spatial distribution, and frequency of occurrence for MERS-CoV and H7N9 flu. Timely identification of major ports of entry for international travelers from regions of disease emergence and integration of biosurveillance analysis are essential for protecting personnel, ensuring appropriate resource allocation, and supporting public health intervention strategies.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *