When a vector-borne disease outbreak occurs, rapid response is critical for minimizing the impact on a community’s health. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool that public health agencies can use to visualize outbreak data and efficiently share realtime information and resources with field and operational staff to make better decisions that lead to cost savings and improved community health outcomes.
This document from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) features resources that can help public health agency staff:
- Identify technologies that can be used to monitor and mitigate outbreaks.
- Conduct individual activities that comprise a surveillance workflow.
- Learn best practices to support better decision-making at the local and state levels