The Emerging Infections Program (EIP)

The Emerging Infections Program (EIP) was started by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995 and has since grown to include 10 sites across the country. The NYSDOH, including the state public health laboratory, Wadsworth Center, collaborates with its academic partner, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) as well as hospitals, laboratories, and local health departments in 34 counties in upstate NY.


Both the NYSDOH EIP and URMC conduct active laboratory-based surveillance of COVID-19 (COVID-NET), influenza (FluSurv-NET), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The NYSDOH EIP also conducts surveillance for foodborne pathogens (FoodNet), tick-borne pathogens (TickNet), and select bacteria (ABCs). URMC conducts  surveillance of healthcare associated infections-community interface (HAIC) and human papillomavirus (HPV-IMPACT). Moreover, EIP provides support to conduct special studies.