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Attia, Wagenaar, and Colleagues Publish New Research on Global Influenza Surveillance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: 7/22/2022 (CSDE in the News and CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliates Engi Attia and Bradley Wagenaar, with a team of several co-authors, recently published new research in PLOS Medicine. Surveillance systems are important in detecting changes in disease patterns and can act as early warning systems for emerging disease outbreaks. In this study, the authors analyze data from existing global influenza surveillance networks early in the COVID-19 pandemic to identify outliers in influenza-negative influenza-like illness (ILI), using data-driven methods to detect outliers in ILI that preceded the first reported peaks of COVID-19.

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