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The method of epidemic investigation that is concerned with locating the source of an infection, such as a sexually transmitted disease. It uses whatever means are most suitable in the circumstances, often painstaking field work known as shoe-leather epidemiology. The most challenging aspect of this work, requiring considerable patience and tact, is tracing contacts of sexually transmitted diseases, usually done by public health nurses.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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