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The Availability and Consistency of Dengue Surveillance Data Provided Online by the World Health Organization

Ruberto, I and Marques, E and Burke, DS and Van Panhuis, WG (2015) The Availability and Consistency of Dengue Surveillance Data Provided Online by the World Health Organization. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (4). ISSN 1935-2727

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Abstract

© 2015 Ruberto et al. Background: The use of high quality disease surveillance data has become increasingly important for public health action against new threats. In response, countries have developed a wide range of disease surveillance systems enabled by technological advancements. The heterogeneity and complexity of country data systems have caused a growing need for international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the standardization, integration, and dissemination of country disease data at the global level for research and policy. The availability and consistency of currently available disease surveillance data at the global level are unclear. We investigated this for dengue surveillance data provided online by the WHO. Methods and Findings: We extracted all dengue surveillance data provided online by WHO Headquarters and Regional Offices (RO’s). We assessed the availability and consistency of these data by comparing indicators within and between sources. We also assessed the consistency of dengue data provided online by two example countries (Brazil and Indonesia). Data were available from WHO for 100 countries since 1955 representing a total of 23 million dengue cases and 82 thousand deaths ever reported to WHO. The availability of data on DengueNet and some RO’s declined dramatically after 2005. Consistency was lacking between sources (84% across all indicators representing a discrepancy of almost half a million cases). Within sources, data at high spatial resolution were often incomplete. Conclusions: The decline of publicly available, integrated dengue surveillance data at the global level will limit opportunities for research, policy, and advocacy. A new financial and operational framework will be necessary for innovation and for the continued availability of integrated country disease data at the global level.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ruberto, I
Marques, Emarques@pitt.eduMARQUES0000-0003-3826-9358
Burke, DSdonburke@pitt.eduDONBURKE
Van Panhuis, WG
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
EditorJohansson, Michael A.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Vaccine Research
Date: 14 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Volume: 9
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003511
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1935-2727
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 14:44
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28585

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