A Method for Detecting and Characterizing Multiple Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases

John M. Aronis, Nicholas E. Millett, Michael M. Wagner, Fuchiang Tsui, Ye Ye, Gregory F. Cooper


We have developed an automated system that reads emergency department clinical reports and constructs models of multiple, possibly overlapping outbreaks. The system relies on a Bayesian scoring metric and search algorithms to find appropriate models. The system has been tested on simulated and actual data with good results.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v8i1.6405

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org