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Outbreaks of infectious diseases at mass gatherings can strain the health system of the host region and pose a threat to local and global health. In addition to strengthening existing surveillance systems, most host nations also use novel technologies to assess disease risk and augment traditional surveillance approaches. We review novel approaches to disease surveillance using the Internet, mobile phone applications, and wireless sensor networks. These novel approaches to disease surveillance can result in prompt detection.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.cmi.2014.12.017

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clin Microbiol Infect

Publication Date

02/2015

Volume

21

Pages

134 - 140

Keywords

Communicable diseases, Internet, mass gatherings, novel technologies, wireless sensor networks, Automatic Data Processing, Cell Phones, Communicable Diseases, Data Collection, Epidemiological Monitoring, Humans, Infection Control, Internet, Wireless Technology