Rapidly assessing risks for public health purposes
ECDC's new technical document on risk assessment methodology offers several risk-ranking algorithms that can be easily applied to a wide range of different public health threats.
During the initial stages of a public health event it is crucial to rapidly assess any potential health impacts.ECDC's new technical document on risk assessment methodology offers several risk-ranking algorithms that can be easily applied to a wide range of different public health threats. In order to prove the viability of their approach, the authors of ‘Operational guidance on rapid risk assessment methodology’ apply their algorithms to four real-world examples: a listeriosis outbreak in Italy, an anthrax outbreak in Scotland, a chikungunya outbreak in Italy, and a measles outbreak in Bulgaria.
Read the document Operational guidance on rapid risk assessment methodology
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