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What we have learnt

Health surveillance and health intelligence

In this week we introduced health surveillance and health intelligence as important tools for investigating outbreaks. The importance of using health surveillance and health intelligence data for determining if an outbreak is deliberate or naturally occurring was explored. We then outlined an historical example of a non-accidental outbreak of a high risk pathogen at the Sverdlovsk military facility, its features, recognition, investigation and important features of the event. We then discussed the importance of this event to the bioterrorism and biosecurity academic and professional community.

Feel free to share your reflections and views on deliberate and non-deliberate biological events and the risks posed by high risk pathogens.

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This article is from the free online course:

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Public Health Dimensions

UNSW Sydney

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