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Discuss the adequacies or inadequacies of the current system of public health surveillance in the United States.

What would you identify as areas that need immediate address and in what areas is the United States exemplary?

"Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about a health-related event for use in the public health action to reduce morbidity and mortality and to improve health." (CDC, 2004)

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One of the adequacies in the current system of public health surveillance in the United States is the fact that the systematic collection of data about health-related events is a consistently ongoing process starting at the lowest levels of the health care paradigm. This includes the fact that nurses and other front-line healthcare practitioners constantly tabulate and record information about health-related events. Another exemplary area in the current system ...

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