Helping North American Communities Adapt to Climate Change: A Pilot Syndromic Surveillance System for Extreme Heat Events

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2015 - 2016

Every year in North America, extreme heat events result in thousands of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, in addition to lost productivity. In the US, extreme heat is considered the primary weather-related cause of death, affecting an average of 700 people a year. In 2018, heat waves claimed the lives of 87 people in the Province of Quebec, Canada, and 95 people in the State of Baja California, Mexico. Responding to heat events in real time is key to preventing adverse health outcomes. In our three countries, many communities have surveillance and alert systems for extreme heat events, but they are not linked to information on health outcomes.

Because of the CEC: