An Evaluation of Over-The-Counter Medication Sales for Syndromic Surveillance

Early and reliable detection of disease outbreaks is an important problem for public health. Syndromic surveillance systems use pre-diagnostic data sources to attempt to improve the timeliness of outbreak detection. This paper describes a number of approaches to evaluating the utility of data sources in a syndromic surveillance context. We show that there is some evidence that sales of over-the-counter medications have value for syndromic surveillance.

By: Murray Campbell; Chung-Sheng Li; Charu Aggarwal; Milind Naphade; Kun-Lung Wu; Tong Zhang

Published in: RC23368 in 2004


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