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Our contributions to the book: Biosurveillance methods and case studies

I just received my copy of the book: Biosruveillance methods and case studies edited by Taha Kass-Hout and Xiaohui Zhang. I first met Taha in cyberspace when he was with InSTEDD, we had started a Google group: Biosurveillance, which we use as a knowledge-base. Their approach to disease surveillance was through “event-based surveillance” and our approach was through “indicator-based surveillance” but both converging at finding signals for timely public health alerts that would advocate early control measures.

We had contributed three chapters in the context of the Real-Time Biosurveillance Program pilot (RTBP) -

  • Chapter 9: “The role of Data Aggregation in Public Health and Food Safety Surveillance” – Artur Dubrawski
  • Chapter 14: “Using Common Alerting Protocol to Support a Real-Time Biosurveillance Program in India and Sri Lanka” - Gordon A. Gow and Nuwan Waidyanatha.

These chapters written in late 2008 early 2009 carry the conceptual design of the RTBP that is now approaching its completion. I hope that we get the opportunity to publish the wealth of knowledge we’ve gained over the two years, implementing and evaluating the RTBP, in a similar book.

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