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Surveillance of infectious disease

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.

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Microbes such as bacteria and viruses cause a wide range of infectious diseases. They can be highly adaptable and evolve rapidly to changing environments. This can change their ability to spread and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs. Surveillance is key for detecting and responding to novel and re-emerging microbes. This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.

POSTnotes POST-PN-462

Author: Peter Border

Topics: Communicable diseases, Genetics, Information technology, Medicine

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