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Development of a geographic information-driven real-time surveillance system for disease surveillance.

Foodborne, Waterborne and Zoonotic Infections Division, Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Agency of Canada, 255 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 120, Guelph, Ontario N1H 8J1, Canada.
Veterinaria italiana (Impact Factor: 0.52). 43(3):451-61.
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ABSTRACT To respond to emerging public health threats such as West Nile virus, an advanced geographic information systems (GIS) -driven Web-based real-time surveillance system was developed to serve the National West Nile virus dead bird surveillance programme in Canada. The development of this system uses real-time Web GIS technologies and services to enhance conventional real-time surveillance systems based on real-time GIS requirements. The system has three modules: QuickTrack, QuickMap and QuickManage. QuickTrack is the real-time surveillance module that supports data collection, edit and transfer. QuickMap is the real-time Web GIS module that provides comprehensive real-time GIS supports and services in public health surveillance and information sharing. The QuickManage module is a Web-based system management package used to manage the entire system. This system offers an effective approach to enhance real-time public health surveillance systems by integrating real-time Web GIS technologies and services. The system demonstrates that real-time Web GIS technologies can play an important role in enhancing public health surveillance systems.

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