Journal Article

ProMED-mail: An Early Warning System for Emerging Diseases

Victor L. Yu and Lawrence C. Madoff

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 227-232
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/422003
ProMED-mail: An Early Warning System for Emerging Diseases

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The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED-mail) reports on outbreaks of diseases of infectious or toxic etiology, whether natural or intentionally released, that affect humans. Open to all sources, free of political constraints, and available to users free of charge, ProMED-mail exploits the speed and ubiquity of the Internet to serve as an early warning system for the detection of emerging disease outbreaks. ProMED-mail monitors diseases of plants and animals of agricultural importance in addition to zoonoses because of their key role in disease emergence. Reports are carefully screened for validity and are placed in an appropriate context by commentary and references from a panel of expert moderators. Reports are then posted to the Web and sent by e-mail to >32,000 subscribers in >150 countries.

Journal Article.  2600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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