Sharing Data for Global Infectious Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Detection

Trends Microbiol. 2016 Apr;24(4):241-245. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2016.01.009. Epub 2016 Feb 12.


Rapid global sharing and comparison of epidemiological and genomic data on infectious diseases would enable more rapid and efficient global outbreak control and tracking of diseases. Several barriers for global sharing exist but, in our opinion, the presumed magnitude of the problems appears larger than they are, and solutions can be found.

Keywords: bacteria; genomics; infection; metagenomics; surveillance; virus.

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Computer Systems
  • Databases, Factual
  • Disease Notification / methods*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Population Surveillance / methods
  • Statistics as Topic