[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 105 (Tuesday, June 2, 2015)]
[Page 31379]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-13161]

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has submitted 
the following information collection request to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The notice for the proposed 
information collection is published to obtain comments from the public 
and affected agencies.
    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected 
agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are 
encouraged. Your comments should address any of the following: (a) 
Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary 
for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (b) Evaluate the 
accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; (d) Minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses; and 
(e) Assess information collection costs.
    To request additional information on the proposed project or to 
obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call 
(404) 639-7570 or send an email to [email protected]. Written comments and/or 
suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice should be 
directed to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and 
Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written 
comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    Enhanced Surveillance of Coccidioidomycosis in Low- and Non-Endemic 
States--New--National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious 
Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    Coccidioidomycosis, also called ``Valley fever,'' is a nationally 
notifiable fungal infection caused by inhalation of soil-dwelling 
Coccidioides spp. In the United States, coccidioidomycosis is known to 
be endemic in the southwestern states, but new evidence suggests that 
the true endemic areas may be broader than previously recognized. 
Approximately 10,000 coccidioidomycosis cases are reported in the U.S. 
each year to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System 
(NNDSS), but this system captures limited clinical and epidemiological 
information about reported cases. Most cases occur in Arizona or 
California, so the epidemiology of this disease has been well-described 
for these states, but little is known about the features of cases in 
other states.
    Enhanced surveillance in low- and non-endemic states will help 
determine which information is most important to collect during routine 
surveillance and will help assess the suitability of the Council of 
State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) case definition for 
coccidioidomycosis in these areas. Primary prevention strategies for 
coccidioidomycosis have not yet been proven to be effective, so public 
health efforts may be best aimed at promoting awareness of 
coccidioidomycosis among healthcare providers and the general public. 
Improved surveillance data are essential for identifying such 
opportunities to promote awareness about this disease and for 
determining its true public health burden.
    State health department personnel in participating low- and non-
endemic states will conduct telephone interviews with 
coccidioidomycosis cases reported during one calendar year that meet 
the CSTE case definition and will record responses on a standardized 
form. State health department personnel will use the form to collect 
information on demographics, underlying medical conditions, travel 
history, symptom type and duration, healthcare-seeking behaviors, 
diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.
    OMB approval is requested for two years. Participation is 
voluntary. The total estimated annualized burden is 48 hours.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per
        Type of respondents                   Form name             respondents    responses per   response  (in
                                                                                    respondent         hrs.)
State Health Department Personnel..  Case Report Form for                    145               1           20/60
                                      Coccidioidomycosis (Valley
                                      Fever) Enhanced

Leroy A. Richardson,
Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific 
Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2015-13161 Filed 6-1-15; 8:45 am]