Using real-time syndromic surveillance to assess the health impact of the 2013 heatwave in England

Alex J. Elliot, Angie Bone, Roger Morbey, Helen E. Hughes, Sally Harcourt, Sue Smith, Paul Loveridge, Helen K. Green, Richard Pebody, Nick Andrews, Virginia Murray, Mike Catchpole, Graham Bickler, Brian McCloskey, Gillian Smith

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Abstract

Heatwaves are a seasonal threat to public health. During July 2013 England experienced a heatwave; we used a suite of syndromic surveillance systems to monitor the impact of the heatwave. Significant increases in heatstroke and sunstroke were observed during 7-10 July 2013. Syndromic surveillance provided an innovative and effective service, supporting heatwave planning and providing early warning of the impact of extreme heat thereby improving the public health response to heatwaves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Research
Volume135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Heatstroke
  • Heatwave
  • Public health
  • Sunstroke
  • Syndromic surveillance
  • Thunderstorm

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