Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Use of mobile phones in an emergency reporting system for infectious disease surveillance after the Sichuan earthquake in China

Changhong Yang, Jun Yang, Xiangshu Luo & Peng Gong

Volume 87, Number 8, August 2009, 619-623

Table 1. Weekly reports of infectious diseases filed by health-care agencies at the township level in earthquake-affected areas between 5 May and 13 July 2008

Weeks Number of cases reported
Number of agencies that field reports
Averagea Totalb Cases reported using mobile phones % of cases reported using mobile phones Averagea Totalc Agencies using mobile phones % of agencies using mobile phones
5–11 May 164 197 0 0 103 136 0 0
12–18 May 174 97 0 0 113 65 0 0
19–25 May 169 192 55 28.6 115 116 25 21.6
26 May–1 June 253 319 172 53.9 136 206 107 51.9
2–8 June 219 182 88 48.4 134 128 63 49.2
9–15 June 282 172 68 39.5 151 134 50 37.3
16–22 June 253 179 49 27.4 147 147 42 28.6
23–29 June 257 144 36 25.0 141 118 27 22.9
30 June–6 July 180 149 22 14.8 115 121 18 14.9
7–13 July 199 138 6 4.3 129 112 5 4.5


a Three-year averages (2005–2007) are listed for comparison.
b The total number of reported cases includes cases filed from both the Chinese information system for disease control and prevention (CISDCP) and the mobile phone reporting system.
c The total number of agencies that filed reports includes agencies where only CISDCP was used and those where only the mobile phone reporting system was used. No agencies run both systems simultaneously.

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