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In Africa, approximately 13 million cases of measles and 650,000 deaths occur annually, with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest morbidity and mortality (1). Measles infection is endemic in Nigeria and has been documented to occur all year round despite high measles routine and supplemental... Read more

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The implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, permits health departments with the authority to establish programs to improve health care quality by the promotion of health IT and includes guidelines for receiving and transmitting... Read more

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The choice of outbreak detection algorithm and its configuration can result in important variations in the performance of public health surveillance systems. Our work aims to characterize the performance of detectors based on outbreak types. We are using Bayesian networks (BN) to model the... Read more

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This paper describes a modular approach to surveillance system design, ensuring flexibility, scalability and fault tolerance.

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If the next influenza pandemic emerges in Southeast Asia, the identification of early detection strategies in this region could enable public health officials to respond rapidly. Accurate, real-time influenza surveillance is therefore crucial. Novel approaches to the monitoring of infectious... Read more

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In addition to utilizing syndromic surveillance data to respond to public health threats and prepare for major incidents, local health departments can utilize the data to examine patient volumes in the emergency departments (EDs) of local hospitals. The information obtained may be valuable to... Read more

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In July 2006, an important heat wave occurred in France, and generated alarm of all the public health services. In Gironde, a department in region Aquitaine, the level of "warning and actions" of the Heat Health Watch Warning System, based on an analysis of weather-mortality relationship, was... Read more

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Completeness of public health information is essential for the accurate assessment of community health progress and disease surveillance. Yet challenges persist with respect to the level of completeness that public health agencies receive in reports submitted by health care providers. Missing... Read more

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Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza and recent H7N9 influenza outbreaks made the public aware of the threat of influenza infection. In fact, annual influenza epidemic caused heavy disease burden and high economic loss around the world [1, 2]. Although the virological surveillance provided the high... Read more

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common blood-borne disease in the US and the leading cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Approximately 3.5 million individuals in the US were estimated to have been living with hepatitis C in 2010 and approximately half of them were... Read more

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