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Volume 13, Number 10—October 2007


SurvNet Electronic Surveillance System for Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Germany

Gérard Krause*Comments to Author , Doris Altmann*, Daniel Faensen*, Klaudia Porten*1, Justus Benzler*, Thomas Pfoch, Andrea Ammon*2, Michael H. Kramer‡, and Hermann Claus*
Author affiliations: *Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany; †Picoware GmbH, Berlin, Germany; ‡Ministry of Health, Berlin, Germany;

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Table 4

Comparison among outbreaks, 2001–2005, Germany*

Characteristic Linked to notifiable pathogens Linked to nonnotifiable pathogens No link to any specific pathogen
No. outbreaks 30,578 155 772
Median duration, d 3 9 4
Median no. cases per outbreak (minimum, maximum) 3 (2,527) 8 (2,153) 10 (2,110)
Median duration from report of first case until outbreak report filed at local health department, d 26,597 154 772
Median duration between filing of outbreak report at local health department until arrival of report at RKI, d 1 0 0
Median duration from report of first case until outbreak report arrives at RKI, d 2 2 3

*RKI, Robert Koch Institute.

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1Current affiliation: Epicentre, Geneva, Switzerland

2Current affiliation: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden