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How would you define “surveillance” and “outbreak”?

In this article, you are asked to reflect on what you already know about surveillance for disease control/eradication (Step 2.2).
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© Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Before you begin this lecture, reflect on what you already know about surveillance and disease outbreaks. To do so, please respond to the following questions:

  1. How would you define surveillance?
  2. Why do you think surveillance in polio eradication might be important?
  3. What do you think are the objectives of surveillance?
  4. How would you define an outbreak?
  5. When is it important to investigate outbreaks?

Please take a moment to share your responses in the discussion.

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