An integrated surveillance system for infectious disease in rural China: generating evidence for early detection of disease epidemics in resource-poor settings

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A crucial goal of infectious disease surveillance is the early detection of epidemics. In China, the current surveillance system is based on confirmed case reports and only covers notifiable diseases. However, in rural areas it is not practical for doctors to confirm disease and people are more likely to get 'old' and emerge with infectious diseases. Syndromic surveillance which collects non-specific syndromes before diagnosis has great advantages in promoting the early detection of epidemics and reducing the necessities of disease confirmation. ISSC is designed to improve the early detection of epidemics in rural China by integrating syndromic surveillance with the current surveillance system.

Prof. Vinod K. Diwan
Karolinska Institutet
Division of Global Health (IHCAR),
Department of Public Health Sciences
Stockholm, Sweden
EC contribution: EUR 2 967 837
Duration: 48 months
Starting date: 01/03/2010
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