Timeliness of Surveillance during Outbreak of Shiga Toxin–producing Escherichia coli Infection, Germany, 2011

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Altmann, Mathias ; Wadl, Maria ; Altmann, Doris ; Benzler, Justus ; Eckmanns, Tim ; Krause, Gérard ; Spode, Anke ; an der Heiden, Matthias (2011)
  • Publisher: Infektionsepidemiologie
  • Journal: volume 17, issue 10, pages 1,906-1,909 (issn: 1080-6040, eissn: 1080-6059)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3310688, doi: 10.3201/eid1710.111027
  • Subject: Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli | Escherichia coli | dispatch | bacteria | foodborne infections | HUS | Germany | STEC | hemolytic uremic syndrome | notification | Medizin | expedited | timeliness | enteric infections | surveillance | reporting
    • ddc: ddc:610

In the context of a large outbreak of Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 in Germany, we quantified the timeliness of the German surveillance system for hemolytic uremic syndrome and Shiga toxin–producing E. coli notifiable diseases during 2003–2011. Although reporting occurred faster than required by law, potential for improvement exists at all levels of the information chain.
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