Syndromic Surveillance for Outbreak Detection and Investigation
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Andersson, T., Bjelkmar, P., Hulth, A., Lindh, J., Stenmark, S., & Widerström, M. (2013). Syndromic Surveillance for Outbreak Detection and Investigation. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v5i1.4387

Abstract

For the purpose of developing a national system of outbreak surveillance, we compared local outbreak signals in three sources of syndromic data: telephone triage of acute gastroenteritis, web queries about symptoms of gastrointestinal illness, and OTC pharmacy sales of anti-diarrhea medication. The sensitivity and specificity were highest for telephone triage data. It provided the most promising source of syndromic data for surveillance of point-source outbreaks. Currently, a project has been initialized to develop and implement a national system in Sweden for daily syndromic surveillance based on 1177 Health Care Direct, supporting regional and local outbreak detection and investigation.
https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v5i1.4387
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