Early warning and response to outbreaks and other public health events:A guide: 2008

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Number of pages: 32
WHO reference number: SEA-CD-178

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Routine surveillance systems that report cases of diseases or syndromes often fail to provide timely information to detect outbreaks and other important public health events. By ensuring that Early Warning and Response functions are an integral part of the routine surveillance systems countries will be able to detect any abnormal/unusual occurrence or event and if applicable implement control measures in a timely manner. These guidelines will provide health policy-makers, epidemiologists and rapid response teams with the technical information needed to establish an early warning component as part of their existing surveillance systems.