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      Innovative surveillance methods for rapid detection of disease outbreaks and bioterrorism: results of an interagency workshop on health indicator surveillance.

      American Journal of Public Health
      Bioterrorism, prevention & control, Communication, Consensus Development Conferences as Topic, Data Collection, methods, Disease Outbreaks, Environmental Monitoring, Global Health, Health Status Indicators, Humans, Interinstitutional Relations, Local Government, National Health Programs, organization & administration, Population Surveillance, Public Health Administration, Public Health Informatics, United States

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          A system designed to rapidly identify an infectious disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack and provide important demographic and geographic information is lacking in most health departments nationwide. The Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections System sponsored a meeting and workshop in May 2000 in which participants discussed prototype systems and developed recommendations for new surveillance systems. The authors provide a summary of the group's findings, including expectations and recommendations for new surveillance systems. The consensus of the group was that a nationally led effort in developing health indicator surveillance methods is needed to promote effective, innovative systems.

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