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October 20, 2014
Digital surveillance should be a global public health priority

The findings of a new paper, Digital surveillance for enhanced detection and response to outbreaks by Anema et al published in Lancet Infectious Diseases are that, as shown with polio and Ebola outbreak detection, digital surveillance could improve early detection and response to public health emergencies of international concern, and should be viewed as an essential complement to the available formal surveillance structure. Encouragement of countries to use digital surveillance should be a global public health priority.