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Infectious Disease Outbreaks

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Health Protection Surveillance Centre (www.hpsc.ie). Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) system (www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/CIDR/). Reporting by HSE Departments of Public Health/laboratories/hospital clinicians (including hospitals of Health Service Executive, www.hse.ie) and general practitioners.

Subject Keywords: Infectious disease, Surveillance, Communicable disease
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Details of outbreaks to Departments of Public Health are notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) via Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR). Detailed outbreak reporting forms are available to collect the relevant data when an outbreak occurs. Data are entered on the CIDR system. These data are important in monitoring burden, in identifying control and prevention measures, and in determining the impact of such measures.

Primary Function of the data To monitor infectious disease outbreaks in order to inform public health professionals on the causes and factors contributing to outbreaks, to put control measures in place to curtail the outbreak, to target prevention strategies and to monitor the effectiveness of prevention programmes.
Key Variables ID Other; County (refers to the collection of details of address at the level of county, usually one of the
32 counties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) ; Geog Other (refers to any remaining coding for address. This key variable typically contains
regional-level coding composed of a group of counties, e.g. Health Service Executive Area.)
Unit Of Observation Outbreak
Frequency Continuous
Target Population Outbreak
Format Separate record for each outbreak
Method Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR)
Access Further Information Health Protection Surveillance Centre 25-27 Middle Gardiner Street Dublin 1 Web: www.hpsc.ie
Notes Outbreaks (unusual clusters or changing patterns of illness) are specified as notifiable under the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 707 of 2003).

Date:

01/03/2015

Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (www.hpsc.ie). Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting (CIDR) system (www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/CIDR/). Reporting by HSE Departments of Public Health/laboratories/hospital clinicians (including hospitals of Health Service Executive, www.hse.ie) and general practitioners.. (2015) Infectious Disease Outbreaks [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/865327 [Accessed: 23rd September 2019].

  

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