SAGES: a suite of freely available software tools for electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings

Description: 

Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are a serious threat to global public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified more than 1100 epidemic events worldwide in the last 5 years alone. Recently, the emergence of the novel 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus and the SARS coronavirus has demonstrated how rapidly pathogens can spread worldwide. This infectious disease threat, combined with a concern over man-made biological or chemical events, spurred WHO to update their International Health Regulations (IHR) in 2005. The new 2005 IHR, a legally binding instrument for all 194 WHO member countries, significantly expanded the scope of reportable conditions, and are intended to help prevent and respond to global public health threats. SAGES aims to improve local public health surveillance and IHR compliance, with particular emphasis on resource-limited settings.

Objective

This paper describes the development of the Suite for Automated Global bioSurveillance (SAGES), a collection of freely available software tools intended to enhance electronic disease surveillance in resource-limited settings around the world.

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Original Publication Year: 
2010
Event/Publication Date: 
December, 2010

June 24, 2019

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