Outbreak Detection: Application to Infectious Disease Surveillance

Paddy Farrington and Nick Andrews

in Monitoring the Health of Populations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146493
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864928 | DOI:
Outbreak Detection: Application to Infectious Disease Surveillance

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This chapter describes the methodological issues involved in outbreak detection and gives examples from a range of statistical techniques. It focuses on infectious disease detection because most outbreak detection systems have been applied to infectious disease. However, the methods described apply more generally, and examples are drawn from related areas, such as monitoring birth defects.

Keywords: public health surveillance; public health monitoring; disease outbreaks; infectious disease detection; birth defects

Chapter.  10405 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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