Improving the West Nile Virus Surveillance Program
Staff of KCHD’s West Nile virus surveillance program realized a need to increase the quality of surveillance data and effectively identify areas of concern to assist with implementing control measures related to the West Nile virus. Since 2013, program staff conducted a series of PDSA cycles to make incremental improvements in program activities. Over time, the number of mosquito tests performed has increased 187%. GIS software was used to track locations of dead bird sightings in real time throughout the season, leading to smarter trap placement, better surveillance, more accurate tracking of disease progression, and better targeted outreach. Developing relationships with the Kendall County Forest Preserve District, municipalities, and townships in Kendall County was an essential part of the project. These relationships facilitated trap placement in new areas and provided opportunities for education about the West Nile virus and prevention strategies.
Hunt, A. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Improving the West Nile Virus Surveillance Program. Tue, 10/31/2017 - 23:17. Available at https://www.phqix.org/content/improving-west-nile-virus-surveillance-program. Accessed February 22, 2019.