Global Alert and Response (GAR)

WHO Report on Global Surveillance of Epidemic-prone Infectious Diseases - Introduction

Contents of disease specific chapters

Each of the following chapters discuses the global surveillance of a particular epidemic infectious disease. It begins with a background of the disease, providing a brief history of the disease, a short description of the transmission process, clinical features, and other characteristics of the disease that are important for surveillance. The available surveillance data are then described, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the surveillance system. This discussion is followed by a summary of disease trends based on the available surveillance data and a concluding section. A list of references and detailed data tables are provided at the end of each chapter.