Physicians' Database Searches as a Tool for Early Detection of Epidemics
Vesa Jormanainen*†, Jukkapekka Jousimaa‡ , Ilkka Kunnamo§, and Petri Ruutu¶
Author affiliations: *Finnish Defence Forces, Helsinki, Finland; †University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; ‡University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland; §Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Helsinki, Finland; ¶National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Figure. . Laboratory reports to the National Infectious Diseases Register compared with searches on the Physicians' Desk Reference and Database, Finland, 1995. Panel A, Borrelia burgdorferi and Lyme disease; panel B, Puumala virus and epidemic nephropathy; panel C, Sindbis virus and Pogosta disease; panel D, Francisella tularensis and tularemia.
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