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New York State Department of Health
Emerging Infections Program
ESP, Corning Tower Room 651
Albany, NY 12237-0627
(518) 473-4436

The Emerging Infections Program (EIP) is a population-based network that includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 10 state health departments, working with collaborators to assess the public health impact of emerging infections and to evaluate methods for their prevention and control.

Core activities include:

The program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Health's Wadsworth Center laboratories, Division of Epidemiology, Office of Science and Public Health, and the Center for Rochester's Health. The program was launched in the seven county Rochester region in mid-1997. By 2004, the entire Western and Capital District regions of the state were participating in FoodNet activities, totaling 34 counties (map) with a population base in excess of 4.3 million.

Each EIP surveillance area has a Surveillance Officer to conduct core, population-based activities. During the nine plus year history of the NYSEIP, longstanding and professional relationships have developed with the LHDs, laboratories, Infection Control Practitioners (ICPs), and NYSDOH Regional and Central Office staff.

The program also provides a platform for conducting special projects and studies. Numerous EIP studies have been conducted, including:

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Efficacy study
  • Pneumococcal Preventability study
  • FoodNet case-control studies for Listeria, E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella Enteriditis and Newport, Campylobacter, infant illness, and Cryptosporidium.
  • Surveys of the general population, physicians, and laboratories.
  • A number of new studies are being launched in 2006.