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Sept 16 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites comments by November 15, 2022 regarding the National Disease Surveillance Program—II. Disease Summaries information collection. This collection is used to determine the prevalence of disease and for planning and evaluating programs for prevention and control of infectious diseases.

CDC requests a three-year approval for the Reinstatement with Change of the National Disease Surveillance Program II—Disease Summaries information collection. As with the previous approval, these data are essential for measuring trends in diseases, evaluating the effectiveness of current preventive strategies, and determining the need to modify current preventive measures.

Influenza Virus, Caliciviruses, Respiratory and Enteric Viruses are associated with diseases in this surveillance program. Proposed changes in this Reinstatements with Change include the following: nine influenza forms, Suspect Respiratory Virus Patient Form, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Form, Viral Gastroenteritis Outbreak Submission Form, National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) Laboratory Assessment, and National Enterovirus Surveillance Report. These forms will have minor edits with no burden change from last OMB approval.

In addition to these changes, three new forms have been added including an aggregate case count of persons exposed to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) spreadsheet, Pediatric Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology Medical Record Abstraction Form (CRF) and Pediatric Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology Medical Record Abstraction short form version. The data from the new forms will enable rapid detection and characterization of outbreaks of known pathogens, as well as potential newly emerging viral pathogens. The NORS Foodborne Disease Transmission, and Waterborne Diseases Transmission are discontinued in this package, as they have been moved to the OMB-approved package for National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) (OMB Control No. 0920-1304).
 
State and Territorial Epidemiologists are responsible for the collection, interpretation, and transmission of medical and epidemiologic information at the state level. State Health Departments submit the disease summaries to CDC and CDC tabulates, analyzes the data for trends, publishes, and distributes within the health community. By coordinating nationwide collection of epidemiological data, CDC is able to calculate annual between state comparisons of diseases covered under this request.
 
National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS): https://www.cdc.gov/nndss/index.html
2023 draft information collection instruments: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0xcr52chm0wvpg2/redrafticrrequestnationaldiseasesurveillanceprogr.zip?dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20127

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