Infectious Disease Surveillanceby Nkuchia M. M'ikanatha
This fully updated edition of Infectious Disease Surveillance is for frontline public health practitioners, epidemiologists, and clinical microbiologists who are engaged in communicable disease control. It is also a foundational text for trainees in public health, applied epidemiology, postgraduate medicine and nursing programs. The second edition portrays both the… See more details below
This fully updated edition of Infectious Disease Surveillance is for frontline public health practitioners, epidemiologists, and clinical microbiologists who are engaged in communicable disease control. It is also a foundational text for trainees in public health, applied epidemiology, postgraduate medicine and nursing programs. The second edition portrays both the conceptual framework and practical aspects of infectious disease surveillance. It is a comprehensive resource designed to improve the tracking of infectious diseases and to serve as a starting point in the development of new surveillance systems. Infectious Disease Surveillance includes over 45 chapters from over 100 contributors, and topics organized into six sections based on major themes. Section One highlights the critical role surveillance plays in public health and it provides an overview of the current International Health Regulations (2005) in addition to successes and challenges in infectious disease eradication. Section Two describes surveillance systems based on logical program areas such as foodborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, viral hepatitis healthcare and transplantation associated infections. Attention is devoted to programs for monitoring unexplained deaths, agents of bioterrorism, mass gatherings, and disease associated with international travel. Sections Three and Four explore the uses of the Internet and wireless technologies to advance infectious disease surveillance in various settings with emphasis on best practices based on deployed systems. They also address molecular laboratory methods, and statistical and geospatial analysis, and evaluation of systems for early epidemic detection. Sections Five and Six discuss legal and ethical considerations, communication strategies and applied epidemiology-training programs. The rest of the chapters offer public-private partnerships, as well lessons from the 2009-2010 H1N1
Description: This is a thorough introduction and overview of the rapidly changing discipline of infectious disease surveillance. Chapters are written by over 100 experts in the field. The editors were motivated by the critical need for better surveillance.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview and guide for surveillance practitioners. However, the book can also serve as a primary or secondary textbook for public health students. Given the recent introduction of electronic surveillance and implementation of molecular epidemiology, the timing of this volume is good, and overall, the book meets, and in some cases exceeds, its goals.
Audience: This book will help public health officials at all levels (local, regional, national, and international) think about, implement, and update disease surveillance systems. Almost all of the chapters are written at a level that can easily be understood by readers with a basic grasp of infectious disease epidemiology. The book will also serve as a reference for more advanced readers who might need to investigate specific topics. Importantly, the authors of each chapter are authorities in their fields and each chapter provides a limited but reasonable number of references.
Features: The book is well organized to minimize duplication and provide easy access to the material. The book contains a broad overview of the field, but the special emphasis on the use of information technology analysis and data analysis is particularly strong. It also covers so many interesting and important topics that experts in one field will undoubtedly learn from other chapters in the book. The chapters on communication and the media are also very helpful.
Assessment: Given the recent developments in the field of infectious diseases, it is time for a book to concentrate on new approaches to disease surveillance, and this one does an admirable job. The Internet has changed the way information is accessed and collected, and it also promises to change the way information about infectious diseases is collected and distributed. The field of infectious disease surveillance is becoming increasingly more complicated, but the authors of this book help make it easier for practitioners, researchers, and students to keep up.
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- 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.30(d)
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“Authors do a good job of explaining the value of surveillance and how it is used … readable textbook from a highly credible team of expert authors.”
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Meet the Author
Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha, Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota Department of Health, St Paul, MN, USA
Chris A. Van Beneden, Respiratory Diseases Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
Henriette de Valk, Infectious Disease Department, Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Saint Maurice, France
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