Methodology of Epidemic Risk Management in Kazakhstan with Open-Source EIDSS

In order to transition the forecasting, estimation and management of epidemic risks to individual administrative areas, the Agency for Consumer Rights Protection of Kazakhstan has developed a concept for modernizing the existing national system of the epidemiological surveillance (SES).

November 02, 2017

Transmission Dynamics of Seasonal Influenza in Abidjan: Epidemiology and Modeling

Influenza poses a global health threat. The disease affects all ages, often with variable clinical features.

November 06, 2017

Development of Genomic Surveillance Bioinformatics Modules

Whole-genome sequencing of disease-causing organisms provides an unabridged examination of the genetic content of individual pathogen isolates, enabling public health laboratories to benefit from comparative analyses of total genetic content. Combining this information with sample metadata such as temporal, geospatial, morbidity, and mortality can greatly increase the efficacy of genomics analysis.

October 05, 2017

Epidemiological inferences using public information, influenza H7N9 epidemic in China

The influenza A(H7N9) virus emerged in early 2013 in China, with more than 130 laboratory-confirmed cases identified within a short period of about three months. Evidence-based public health response is essential for effective control of the disease, which relies on epidemiological and clinical data with good quality and timeliness. Publicly available information from sources such as official health website, online news, blogs or social media has the potential of rapid sharing of data to a wide community of experts for more comprehensive analyses.

October 13, 2017

2014 International Society for Disease Surveillance Conference Translating Research and Surveillance into Action

The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) will hold its thirteenth annual conference in Philadelphia on December 10th and 11th, 2014.  The society’s mission is to improve population health by advancing the science and practice of disease surveillance, and the annual conference advances this mission by bringing together practitioners and researchers from multiple fields involved in disease surveillance, including public health, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics and mathematical modeling, informatics and computer science.

October 18, 2017

Inconsistency of Timeliness in a Chief Complaint-Based Syndromic Surveillance System During Two Influenza Epidemic Seasons

Syndromic surveillance system has been developed and implemented all over the world, and many studies showed that syndromic data sources had improved timeliness towards traditional surveillance method in the early warning of some infectious disease epidemics. However, owing to the uncertainties of disease epidemic features, clinical manifestations and population behaviors, the early warning timeliness of syndromic data sources might change across time and population, and few studies had explored their consistency in different epidemic periods of infectious diseases.

October 27, 2017

Insight into Malaria Transmission and Control in Endemic Areas

The global effort of malaria control is in line with the one world one health concept, but then a globally defined ‘‘one-size-fits-all’’ malaria control strategy would be inefficient in endemic areas. Plasmodium falciparum is the type of malaria parasite that most often causes severe and life-threatening malaria. People get malaria by being bitten by an infective female Anopheles mosquito.

October 27, 2017

Tool for Detection of Spatio-temporal Clusters of Legionellosis in Toronto: The Legionella Alert Mapping Program (LAMP)

Legionellosis is a respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness such as pneumonia, and can even result in death. Since 2010, increased reports of legionellosis have been received in Toronto during the summer months and led to a five-fold increase by 2012. This underscored the need to rule out common sources through a rapid assessment of exposure data (i.e., locations visited) for any spatio-temporal links.

May 02, 2019

A Syndromic Approach to Emergency Department Surveillance for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

The incidence of and hospitalizations for SSTI have steadily increased over the last decade in the United States, primarily due to the emergence and spread of community acquired Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). The ED is a common site for SSTI treatment and serves populations not captured by traditional surveillance, including the homeless and uninsured. The use of near real-time syndromic surveillance within the ED to detect unusual activity for further public health investigation has been used to augment traditional infectious disease surveillance.

May 30, 2018

The Epidemiologic Vocabulary of the West and the Former Soviet Union: Different Sides of the Same Science

As part of the US Department of Defense strategy to counter biological threats, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program is enhancing the capabilities of countries in the former Soviet Union (FSU) to detect, diagnose, and report endemic and epidemic, man-made or natural cases of especially dangerous pathogens. During these engagements, it was noted that Western-trained and Soviet-trained epidemiologists have difficulty, beyond that of simple translation, in exchanging ideas.

June 25, 2018

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