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BioMed Central Medicine


Geisel School of Medicine


The threat of a global influenza pandemic and the adoption of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (2005) highlight the value of well-coordinated, functional disease surveillance systems. The resulting demand for timely information challenges public health leaders to design, develop and implement efficient, flexible and comprehensive systems that integrate staff, resources, and information systems to conduct infectious disease surveillance and response. To understand what resources an integrated disease surveillance and response system would require, we analyzed surveillance requirements for 19 priority infectious diseases targeted for an integrated disease surveillance and response strategy in the WHO African region.



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Perry, H.N., McDonnell, S.M., Alemu, W. et al. Planning an integrated disease surveillance and response system: a matrix of skills and activities. BMC Med 5, 24 (2007).