Volume 18, Number 7—July 2012
Timeliness of Nongovernmental versus Governmental Global Outbreak Communications
|Variable||IRR (95% CI)||p value|
|Eastern Mediterranean||0.912 (0.654–1.272)||0.587|
|Southeast Asia||0.602 (0.394–0.918)||0.019|
|Western Pacific||0.780 (0.577–1.054)||0.106|
*Methods: The multivariate negative binomial regression model compared the timeliness of outbreaks first communicated by nongovernmental sources to those by governmental sources, while adjusting for geographic region and whether the outbreak occurred before or after public recognition of SARS. IRR, incidence rate ratio; SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome; ref, reference value = 1. Reference categories: (1) source: governmental, (2) SARS: pre-SARS, (3) geographic region: Africa.