New tools for public health experts: Outbreak detection and epidemiological reports

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ECDC launches two R packages for analysing infectious disease surveillance data. The tools can support public health experts in creating epidemiological reports or detecting outbreaks.

The EpiSignalDetection tool will help to detect possible outbreaks. Statistical methods are applied to routine surveillance data to identify any changes in disease incidence. This can allow for an early detection and investigation of possible outbreaks.

With the EpiReport tool public health experts can draft epidemiological reports for a given disease, based on surveillance data. The experts will be able to create outputs similar to those of the ECDC Annual epidemiological report, such as table of cases distribution, trend and seasonality plots.

The R packages can be downloaded free of charge from the ECDC website, the CRAN website (for CRAN users) or GitHub (for GitHub users).

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EpiReport tool

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The EpiReport is a tool that allows the user to draft an epidemiological report similar to the ECDC Annual Epidemiological Report (AER) in Microsoft Word format for a given disease.

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EpiSignalDetection tool

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Public health experts and epidemiologists can use the tool to detect signals for outbreaks, based on changes in disease incidence.