Public Health Surveillance and Infectious Disease Detection Print
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, Wednesday 28 March 2012

Emerging infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and pandemic influenza, and the anthrax attacks of 2001, have demonstrated that we remain vulnerable to health threats caused by infectious diseases. The importance of strengthening global public health surveillance to provide early warning has been the primary recommendation of expert groups for at least the past 2 decades. However, despite improvements in the past decade, public health surveillance capabilities remain limited and fragmented, with uneven global coverage.

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