|Description:||This 1988 “aerial” view of Manhattan was taken while looking south from the 110th floor of the former World Trade Center Tower 2, also known as the South Tower, in New York City, New York. The beginning of Battery Park, on the southern tip of the island, is visible at the top of the photograph.|
When the World Trade Center towers collapsed as the result of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the CDC responded by sending 30 officers of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) to conduct surveillance at 15 hospitals around the city. EIS personnel monitored symptoms of diseases and injuries looking for patterns that could indicate a bioterrorism event. The daily input was gathered and provided to New York public health officials for analysis. The information gave officials an accurate picture of the city’s health needs in the critical days after the attack, allowing the public health teams to focus on the rescue and recovery efforts.