Resilient information networks for coordination of foodborne disease outbreaks

Liaquat Hossain, Muhammad Rabiul Hassan, Rolf T. Wigand

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Abstract

Foodborne disease outbreaks are increasingly being seen as a greater concern by public health authorities. It has also become a global research agenda to identify improved pathways to coordinating outbreak detection. Furthermore, a significant need exists for timely coordination of the detection of potential foodborne disease outbreaks to reduce the number of infected individuals and the overall impact on public health security. This study aimed to offer an effective approach for coordinating foodborne disease outbreaks. First, we identify current coordination processes, complexities, and challenges. We then explore social media surveillance strategies, usage, and the power of these strategies to influence decision-making. Finally, based on informal (social media) and formal (organizational) surveillance approaches, we propose a hybrid information network model for improving the coordination of outbreak detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-198
Number of pages13
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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