Epidemiological surveillance designed to assess the relationship between environmental exposures and disease can take weeks, months, or even years to complete. Now, however, a new tool launched in July by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might help scientists, clinicians, and citizens complete some environmental public health queries in a matter of minutes.
This Web-based tool, the CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, allows individuals for the first time to query data from an array of federal, state, and local databases that track health conditions or environmental exposures. It is freely available for use by anyone at the program's Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/ephtracking, which also serves as a clearinghouse for environmental health information.
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