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Rinderpest surveillance performance monitoring using quantifiable indicators

Author(s) : J.C. Mariner, M.H. Jeggo, G.G.M. van’t Klooster, R. Geiger & P.L. Roeder

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This paper describes an objective system of monitoring the performance of disease surveillance. The system was developed through dialogue with a number of countries in Africa and adopted as part of the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The performance monitoring system uses a clinical stomatitis-enteritis case definition, an outbreak investigation classification scheme, and a series of eight performance indicators to measure the sensitivity, specificity and timeliness of the surveillance system. Field-testing indicates that the approach is successful when good record-keeping is practiced and highlights the importance of dialogue in helping to ensure that the system is simple and acceptable. The system provides a quantitative measure of the efficacy of national disease surveillance programmes and of the quality of data derived from such programmes for use in international disease control, animal health information exchange and trade risk analysis.

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