Health Surveillance - State of Florida
UPDATE: This information is current as of August 10, 2010, 12:00 PM ET
Florida is using the ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics) system, which tracks the symptoms reported by emergency department patients around the state, as well as data from calls to Poison Centers, through the Florida Poison Information Center Network (FPICN). The system looks for specific symptoms that could potentially be related to breathing, swallowing, or touching the oil. These symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, and skin problems, as well as issues with the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Florida officials are using these systems in six coastal counties to look for trends in the symptoms that could be potentially related to the oil spill. If they observe an increasing trend in these symptoms, Florida’s state and local departments of health will look to see if there is a relationship between the oil exposure and the symptoms.
Findings (July 18 – July 24)
During this time period, ESSENCE found one emergency department patient who reported breathing fumes from the oil.
FPCIN received three reports of oil exposure during this time period. All of these calls came from Florida Panhandle counties.
One of the callers from the Panhandle reported experiencing symptoms possibly related to their exposure, including shortness of breath, nausea, and vomiting. The symptoms of the other two Panhandle callers were not found to be related to their possible oil exposures.
As of July 7, 2010, FPICN is receiving reports of oil spill-related exposures through direct calls to three regional poison centers and through reports from an external partner poison center. Florida has performed back-entry of the calls received at the external partner poison center prior to July 7; therefore FPICN currently contains all exposure calls placed from Florida related to the oil spill.
Findings (July 11– July 17)
Findings (July 4– July 10)
Findings (June 27– July 3)
Findings (June 20– June 26)
Findings (June 13 – June 19)
Findings (June 8 – June 12)
Findings (May 24 – June 7)
Findings (May 16 – May 22)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
888-337-3569 (Florida Oil Spill Information Line)