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Physicians’ database searches as a tool for early detection of epidemics.

Abstract

We analyzed retrospectively the use of Physician Desk Reference Database searches to identify epidemics of tularemia, nephropathy, Pogosta
disease, and
Lyme disease and compared the searches with mandatory laboratory reports to the National Infectious Diseases Register in Finland during 1995. Continuous recording of such searches may be a tool for early detection of epidemics.

Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 May-Jun;7(3):474-6. [1]