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Outbreak science: recent progress in the detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases

Houlihan, CF; Whitworth, JAG; (2019) Outbreak science: recent progress in the detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Clinical Medicine , 19 (2) pp. 140-144. 10.7861/clinmedicine.19-2-140. Green open access

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Abstract

The frequency of reported outbreaks of infectious diseases has increased over the past 3 decades, with predictions that this rise will continue. Outbreak response continues to follow nine basic principles: establish the presence of an outbreak, verify the diagnosis, make a case definition, find cases and contacts, conduct basic epidemiology, test hypotheses, institute control measures, communicate the situation and establish ongoing surveillance. Within each of these areas, significant advances have been made over the past 5 years using progress in digital, laboratory, epidemiology and anthropological equipment or techniques. Irrespective of these, future outbreaks of highconsequence are inevitable, and vigilance and preparation must continue in order to prevent significant mortality, morbidity and socio-economic crisis.

Type: Article
Title: Outbreak science: recent progress in the detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7861/clinmedicine.19-2-140
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.19-2-140
Language: English
Keywords: Outbreak, global health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Infection and Immunity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071906
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