CDC Launches New Reporting System and Website for HABs and Associated Illnesses
June 23, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a reporting system for harmful algal blooms (HABs), as well as a new website with important information for both health officials and the public. The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) collects data on HABs and associated human and animal illness. OHHABS is an example of One Health surveillance. One Health is an approach that recognizes that human, animal, and environmental health are interconnected, and that human health, animal health, and environmental health communities can more effectively address many linked health challenges by working together. Public Health Departments and their designated environmental health and animal health partners are encouraged to report relevant information through their state’s National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) Reporting Site Administrator. To identify your state’s NORS Reporting Site Administrator, please contact NORSAdmin@cdc.gov. For more information about HABs and associated illnesses for the general public, including ways that people can protect themselves, their families and their pets, visit CDC’s new Harmful Algal Bloom website.