Surveillance for early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks associated with bioterrorism

Manfred S. Green, Zalman Kaufman

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The appearance of "new" infectious diseases, the reemergence of "old" infectious diseases, and the deliberate introduction of infectious diseases through bioterrorism has highlighted the need for improved and innovative infectious disease surveillance systems. Traditional current surveillance systems are generally based on the recognition of a clear increase in diagnosed cases before an outbreak can be identified. For early detection of bioterrorist-initiated outbreaks, the sensitivity and timeliness of the systems need to be improved. Systems based on syndromic surveillance are being developed using technologies such as electronic reporting and the internet. The reporting sources include community physicians, public health laboratories, emergency departments, intensive care units, district health offices, and hospital admission and discharge systems. The acid test of any system will be the ability to provide analyses and interpretations of the data that will serve the goals of the system. Such analytical methods are still in the early stages of development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioterrorism
  • Infectious diseases
  • Monitoring
  • Outbreak
  • Surveillance systems
  • Syndromes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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