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By Norman Noah

This quantity permits the general public physician to appreciate the rules of communicable ailment keep watch over, and the way to stick to those up in perform. the writer highlights the sensible measures for affliction prevention and keep watch over in illnesses equivalent to HIV, TB, hepatitis and different STIs.

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Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. Implementing a system Surveillance effort insisting on completeness when a smaller number of reporting sites can provide sufficient information for action. For rare diseases however, including those infections which have become uncommon through vaccination or other prevention, completeness is important, and the rarer the disease the greater the need. An active surveillance system may have to be put in place for rare diseases. Some of these aspects were discussed in Chapter 1.

Those who die will have had the most severe illnesses, and the ages of those who die are likely to be substantially different from the background morbidity pattern. 117] at [07/18/16]. Copyright © McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC. Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission. 30 31 mentioned above, such as timeliness and representativeness, also need to be taken into account. Thus, understanding the surveillance system, and ‘getting a feel for it’, is essential to meaningful interpretation of the data it produces.

Is there any action you will be able to take with the data? Only information that can be used for public health decision-making should be collected. • Is it collectable – cost, feasibility, simplicity? Implementation • Are the objectives being met? • Are the case definitions clear, appropriate, consistent and being met? • Collection/methods: is the system efficient, as simple as possible, cost effective, timely, comprehensive? Are the data accurate and numbers and detail sufficient? Staff inputting data adequately trained?

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