Presentation: Chad Cross and Brianna Rivera

Chad L. Cross (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Brianna Rivera (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) presented their research "Using hospital discharge records for characterizing patients and analyzing trends in West Nile virus cases in Nevada for 2013-2017" at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Entomological Society of America held virtually this week.

 This analysis of West Nile Virus serves as a case study for using patient record databases as a means of indirect vector-borne disease surveillance that may prove to be useful for understanding the sociodemographic characteristics of patients at risk for vector-borne infections. Further, it highlights the potential of using healthcare records to obtain population-based estimates of disease burden in the population and provides useful additional data to assist underfunded public health surveillance programs.

Rivera is a graduate student.

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