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Feb 27 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites comments by April 29, 2024 regarding the Emerging Infections Program (EIP), a population-based surveillance activity conducted via active, laboratory case finding that is used for detecting, identifying, and monitoring emerging pathogens.

The Emerging Infections Programs (EIPs) are population-based centers of excellence established through a network of state health departments collaborating with academic institutions; local health departments; public health and clinical laboratories; infection control professionals; and healthcare providers. EIPs assist in local, state, and national efforts to prevent, control, and monitor the public health impact of infectious diseases. Activities of the EIPs fall into the following general categories: (1) active surveillance; (2) applied public health epidemiologic and laboratory activities; (3) implementation and evaluation of pilot prevention/intervention projects; and (4) flexible response to public health emergencies. Activities of the EIPs are designed to: (1) address issues that the EIP network is particularly suited to investigate; (2) maintain sufficient flexibility for emergency response and new problems as they arise; (3) develop and evaluate public health interventions to inform public health policy and treatment guidelines; (4) incorporate training as a key function; and (5) prioritize projects that lead directly to the prevention of disease.

A Revision is being submitted to make existing collection instruments clearer, consolidate forms and to add new forms. These forms will allow the EIP to better detect, identify, track changes in laboratory testing methodology, gather information about laboratory utilization in the EIP catchment area to ensure that all cases are being captured, and survey EIP staff to evaluate program quality.

CDC EIP: https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dpei/eip/index.html
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/y22f3bplw84knl13emsyi/redrafticrrequestemerginginfectionsprogrameip.zip?rlkey=c6v9smyaiqy9ewpbtu9yzw5ib&dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2024-03889

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