Stella Manchun Tsai

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During two legionellosis outbreak investigations, one at a geriatric centre and the other in high-rise housing for seniors, it was observed that additional cases of legionellosis occurred in nearby smaller residential settings. This apparent geographical cluster of legionellosis occurred in the same general area of a community water storage tank. No(More)
Emission contributions from cookstoves to indoor, regional, and global air pollution largely depend on stove and fuel types. This paper presents a database on emission factors of speciated non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) for 16 fuel/stove combinations burning 2 types of crop residue, wood, 4 types of coal, kerosene, and 3 types of gaseous fuels. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Following Hurricane Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) developed indicators to enhance syndromic surveillance for extreme weather events in EpiCenter, an online system that collects and analyzes real-time chief complaint emergency department (ED) data and classifies each visit by indicator or syndrome. METHODS These(More)
Introduction Hurricane ‘Superstorm’ Sandy struck New Jersey on October 29, 2012, causing harm to the health of New Jersey residents and billions of dollars of damage to businesses, transportation, and infrastructure. Monitoring health outcomes for increased illness and injury due to a severe weather event is important in measuring the severity of conditions(More)
and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To describe the development and validation of a mental health classification to track emergency department visits for potential needed public health response during severe weather events. Introduction Real-time emergency department (ED) data are currently received from(More)
and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To describe the surveillance planning and activities for a large-scale event (Super Bowl XLVIII) using New Jersey's syndromic surveillance system (EpiCenter) Introduction In the summer of 2013, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) began planning for Super Bowl(More)
reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Objective To describe the investigation of a statewide anomaly detected by a newly established state syndromic surveillance system and usage of that system.municable Disease Service (CDS) surveillance staff received email notification of a statewide anomaly in EpiCenter for Paralysis.(More)
OBJECTIVE Evacuation and damage following a widespread natural disaster may affect short-term access to medical care. We estimated medical care needs in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. METHODS Hurricane Sandy-related questions regarding medical needs included in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey were administered to(More)