Usefulness of Syndromic Surveillance for Early Outbreak Detection in Small Islands: The Case of Mayotte

Pascal Vilain, Olivier Maillard, Julien Raslan-Loubatie, Mohamed Ahmed Abdou, Tinne Lernout, Laurent Filleul


Syndromic surveillance can be a useful tool for the early detection outbreak. Mayotte Island is a French overseas department located in the North of Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean. Due to its geographical and socio-demographical situation, the population of this island is widely exposed to infectious diseases. The implementation of a syndromic surveillance system allowed to detect several unusual events as an outbreak of conjunctivitis in March 2012.

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