Epidemiologic Surveillance

  • Ralf ReintjesEmail author
  • Klaus Krickeberg
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)


Not every topic admits a precise definition but ours does:

Epidemiologic surveillance is the collection, transfer, analysis, and interpretation of information related to cases of diseases, which is done systematically and routinely.


Surveillance System Health Information System Epidemiologic Surveillance Syndromic Surveillance Yersinia Pestis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Universitè de Paris VParisFrance
  3. 3.BielefeldFrance

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