RESEARCH BRIEF: Improving the use of surveillance data: cryptosporidiosis as an exemplar zoonosis

Sue C Tongue on behalf of EPIC, Alison Smith-Palmer on behalf of Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Geoffrey Foster on behalf of SRUC Veterinary Services (VS)


Synthesis of routine human health and livestock zoonosis surveillance data can provide novel insights, generate new directions for further research, and enhance our understanding of the epidemiology of common public health problems. Dedicated resources are required, if the benefits that can be obtained from such syntheses are to be realised. A team of people with a wide range of appropriate skills and expertise have to work together iteratively, in order to: fully understand the limitations of the data; transform them into comparable formats; identify appropriate analytical strategies, and to ensure robust interpretation of the outputs.

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