Special Issue on Outbreak Investigations

Submission Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015

  • Special Issue Editor
    • Gemechu Beffa Defi
      Ministry of Health, Field Epidemiology Training Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Gemechu Gudina Bulcha
      Ministry of Health, Field Epidemiology Training Program, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa City Council, Ethiopia
    • Fikre Bulti
      Ministry of Health, Field Epidemiology Training Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Introduction

    Public health surveillance involves the systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of the morbidity and mortality data essential to the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health practice, and the timely dissemination of this information for public health action. The primary goal of surveillance for disease outbreaks should be the prompt identification of any unusual disease or diseases potentially transmitted through known routes, which might require a public health investigation or response.

    Specific objectives include:

    1. Control of ongoing outbreaks;
    2. Detection and removal of known factors;
    3. Identification of specific risk factors related to the host, the agent and the environment;
    4. Identification of factors that contributed to the contamination, growth, survival and dissemination of the suspected agent;
    5. Prevention of future outbreaks and strengthening of safety policies;
    6. Acquisition of epidemiological data for risk assessment such as pathogens;
    7. Stimulation of research that will help in the prevention of similar outbreaks.

    The scale of an outbreak may range from a local outbreak of a small number of linked cases with mild disease to a nationwide or international outbreak of severe disease involving the mobilization of public health resources from all levels. Irrespective of the scale, a full investigation of a disease outbreak will normally include:

    1. Epidemiological investigations;
    2. Environmental and food investigations;
    3. Laboratory investigations.

  • Guidelines for Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the expiry of the deadline. Submissions must be previously unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for authors (see: http://www.sjpublichealth.org/submission). By submitting your manuscripts to the special issue, you are acknowledging that you accept the rules established for publication of manuscripts, including agreement to pay the Article Processing Charges for the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online manuscript submission system at http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website.

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