Early detection of cholera epidemics to support control in fragile states: estimation of delays and potential epidemic sizes

BMC Medicine
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Early detection of cholera epidemics to support control in fragile states: estimation of delays and potential epidemic sizes
Cholera epidemics continue to challenge disease control, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states. Rapid detection and response to small cholera clusters is key for efficient control before an epidemic propagates. To understand the capacity for early response in fragile states, we investigated delays in outbreak detection, investigation, response, and laboratory confirmation, and we estimated epidemic sizes. We assessed predictors of delays, and annual changes in response time.
Authors: Ruwan Ratnayake, Flavio Finger, W. John Edmunds and Francesco Checchi
Citation: BMC Medicine 2020 18:397
Content type: Research article
Published on: 15 December 2020