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  • Emerg Infect Dis. Alert System to Detect Possible School-based Outbreaks of Influenza-like Illness

    Alert System to Detect Possible School-based Outbreaks of Influenza-like Illness (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract, edited)


    [Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full PDF document (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

    DOI: 10.3201/eid1702.100496
    Suggested citation for this article: Mann P, O’Connell E, Zhang G, Llau A, Rico E, Lequen FC. Alert system to detect possible school-based outbreaks of influenza-like illness. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Feb; [Epub ahead of print]

    Alert System to Detect Possible School-based Outbreaks of Influenza-like Illness

    Pamela Mann, Erin O’Connell, Guoyan Zhang, Anthoni Llau, Edhelene Rico, and Fermin C. Leguen
    Author affiliations: Florida Department of Health, Miami, Florida, USA (P. Mann); and Miami-Dade County Health Department, Miami (E. O’Connell, G. Zhang, A. Llau, E. Rico, F.C. Leguen)


    To evaluate the usefulness of school absentee data in identifying outbreaks as part of syndromic surveillance, we examined data collected from public schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA. An innovative automated alert system captured information about school-specific absenteeism to detect and provide real-time notification of possible outbreaks of influenza-like illness.

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