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Leptospirosis Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (LERG)


Estimating the Global Burden of Disease

Man with cattle in a pond
Regional Medical Research Centre/Port Blair/India

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach is the method used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to report health information. With this method, a single metric, called the Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY), is used.

The DALY equates to one year of healthy life lost. It incorporates both the years of life lost due to premature death as well as the years of life lost due to a disability related to the disease under investigation.

For more information, please visit the WHO's web page for Global Burden of Disease at: http://www.who.int/topics/global_burden_of_disease/en/.

For an additional example of the Global Burden of Disease Approach, please visit the WHO's web page for Estimating the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/foodborne_disease/ferg/en.

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